Child Welfare Clinic: Fieldwork and Seminar
Child Welfare Clinic (CWC) students represent the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in matters involving children’s welfare, including: neglect/abuse cases, permanency hearings, juvenile delinquency cases involving close to home’ confinement, emergency hearings on applications for return of children from placements, and stays of enforcement of various orders. Skills taught include: interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, witness examination, summation, drafting (petitions, post-hearing memoranda, orders to show cause, and affirmations).
CWC begins with a 30-hour boot camp program, followed by fieldwork two full days per week for fall and spring semesters. A seminar meets once weekly from 6:00 to 7:40 p.m. and includes: (a) case rounds, skills training, substantive child protective law and procedure, and ethics and professional responsibility; and (b) consideration of existing policies and procedures and proposed systemic reforms in the child welfare system. Students will engage in a variety of activities, including: drafting neglect/abuse petitions; appearing on the record at hearings and trials; engaging in discovery and motion practice;) conducting fact-finding hearings and trials; and engaging in all necessary and appropriate related activities. Half the students will be assigned to a Monday–Wednesday fieldwork schedule, and half will be assigned a Tuesday–Thursday schedule. Fieldwork schedules will be assigned prior to registration, so students will be able to register for other courses.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Prerequisites for 3Ls: Evidence and Professional Responsibility
Co-requisites for 2Ls: Evidence (fall semester) and Professional Responsibility (spring semester)
4 Credits per Semester (Full Year Course)
Please note: The seminar and fieldwork are graded separately for 2 credits each, totaling 4 credits per semester.