The Juvenile Justice Clinic

The Juvenile Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School is one of a small handful of live client clinics nationwide where students have the opportunity to regularly represent children in delinquency court. 

Students directly represent children charged with offenses in Los Angeles County Superior Court.    Each student will be responsible for all aspects of their cases-- including interviewing, discovery, investigations, written motion work, trial and post sentencing matters.

 Clinical students are required to enroll in a year-long juvenile delinquency and litigation skills course. For more information, see Course Information, below.

A multidisciplinary approach to representing children is the hallmark of our philosophy. Our social-work staff plays a key role in our representation of every one of our clients. See information on holistic representation.

Application Information
2014 JJC Application

All prospective students will be required to submit an application including a resumé and transcript.  Applicants will then interview with Professors Buckingham and Liu, the co-directors of the JJC.  Interviews will be required

Applicants should have an interest in criminal defense or juvenile delinquency, enjoy oral advocacy, and possess strong communication skills.  Students must demonstrate flexibility and the maturity to assume responsibility for representing clients. 

Prior academic performance will be considered, however, weight will be given to those students who can demonstrate an interest in the issues presented as well as to those who have prior experience in a related field. 

Pre-Requisites

Pre-requisites for the class are Civil Procedure and Evidence.  Criminal Procedure is strongly recommended, but not required.  Rising second year students may apply but must be concurrently enrolled in Evidence in Fall 2013.  Students must be in good academic standing to apply, and are expected to comply with all responsibilities as enumerated in the “Loyola Law School Off Campus Externship Policies and Procedures,” which is also available at the CJLP. 

Students must have access to a car and/or be able to independently travel for the purposes of investigating their cases, serving motions, appearing in court, and meeting with clients.  

Course Information

The Juvenile Justice Clinic course offers students a unique opportunity for an in-depth study of California juvenile delinquency law and procedure, as well as practical litigation experience.  This course is a year-long, twelve-unit course, comprised of a three-unit advanced criminal litigation skills course, a three-unit juvenile delinquency law and procedure class and a six-unit clinic.  Students must enroll in all three components of the class. 

The balance of the substantive units versus clinical units is as follows:  Fall semester:  four units of substantive juvenile delinquency law and procedure and trial advocacy, two clinical units.  Spring semester:  four clinical units and two substantive units of juvenile delinquency law and procedure and trial advocacy.  The emphasis in the Fall is to develop the skills and knowledge base to effectively represent the clients in court.  In the Spring, the focus is on the actual representation of our clients and larger policy issues presented by the juvenile delinquency system.  Because the course is a year long, and the substantive classes are interwoven, students must complete the year in order to receive credit for the class.  Students must complete 56 hours of work for every clinical unit awarded (a total of 336 clinical hours).   

Students will be assigned cases periodically throughout the year.  Our clients may be out of custody or in custody.  Students are required to attend all proceedings, in court and out, as well as meet with their clients and their families regularly.