Child Welfare Clinic: Fieldwork and Seminar

In this upper-level clinic, students will be trained in child protective law and procedure to represent the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in matters involving children’s welfare.

Child Welfare Clinic: Fieldwork and Seminar

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.


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