Children and the Law in Practice
This simulation course is designed to introduce students to lawyering skills in the context of representing or serving children and their families. It is further designed to help prepare law students for careers in the field.
Students will identify and analyze legal and ethical issues relating to working on behalf of children and their families, who may have contact with multiple government systems, including welfare, juvenile justice and education. Students will develop research, writing and oral advocacy skills through drafting and arguing various complaints, briefs, petitions and motions in simulated courtroom or administrative law settings. Students will also develop foundational client interviewing and counseling skills through conducting simulated interviews of government agency officials, children or parents.
The simulations will concern one fictional family facing multiple legal issues across different practice areas, including child welfare, education, and juvenile justice. Students will be assigned to represent one or more children in the family, the parents, and the various government agencies that are involved. The simulations will include: interviewing clients; client counseling; negotiation; drafting petitions, response papers, briefs, appeals, and/or settlement documents; preparing for and conducting hearings (including opening/closing statements and direct and cross-examination).
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution