Center for Juvenile Law & Policy
Transforming the Juvenile Justice System: One Child, One Student, One Case at a Time.
The Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy was created with the hope of fostering systemic reform of the Los Angeles Juvenile Justice system through ongoing research, discussion and advocacy.
The CJLP was founded on the principle that research, public education and advocacy are vital to accomplishing the following long-term objectives:
To accomplish these goals, the CJLP:
The Juvenile Justice Clinic, Youth Justice Education Clinic and The Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic are integral to the Center's mission. Advanced law students in these clinics, under the supervision of CJLP faculty and with the support of CHLP social workers, and while enrolled in 10 to 12 units on specialized procedure and litigation, represent court-involved juveniles in criminal-court-proceedings, education hearings, probation hearings, and appeals cases. Thus the CJLP not only provides tens of thousands of pro-bono hours of cutting-edge legal advocacy to the Los Angeles community; it also gives future advocates practical, hands-on experience in the challenges and triumphs of juvenile justice.
CJLP Study spurs Board of Supervisors
"Juvenile justice system overhaul pondered," by Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times (February 11, 2014).
“The Juvenile Justice Clinic has been the highlight of my Loyola experience because of the skills acquired, the incredible support of the faculty and staff, the friends made and by affirming my commitment to a career in criminal defense.” - Susana E. Juarez, CJLP Alumna, Class of 2006