Child Advocacy Clinical Seminar

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Spring 2013 Seminar
2 classroom credits

Co-requisite Clinic: Child Advocacy Clinic, either the Winter-Spring clinic (5-6 credits) or Spring clinic (3-4 credits). Students must first enroll in the clinic before attempting to enroll in this class.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: November 2, 2012 for Winter-Spring clinical students. December 7, 2012 for Spring clinical students.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.

The CAP Clinic is designed to educate students about a range of social change strategies and to encourage critical thinking about the pros and cons of different approaches. The CAP Clinic includes both a classroom and a fieldwork component. A variety of substantive areas impacting the lives of children will be addressed with a focus on child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption), education, and juvenile justice. The Clinic is relevant for students with a particular interest in children's issues but also for those more generally interested in social change.

During the Spring class, students will bring their varied fieldwork experiences into the classroom so that all can learn from the rich combination of clinical experiences and debate the value of different approaches. Each student will give one presentation during the term -- often in combination with the fieldwork supervisor -- describing his/her clinical work, his/her organization, and how his/her project fits within the organization's larger child advocacy agenda.

Regular classroom attendance and active participation in discussion is required. Grading will be based on a combination of each student's presentation and related packet, contributions to class discussion throughout the term, and clinical fieldwork.

All students must take the Winter-Spring or Spring Child Advocacy Clinic. Students must first enroll in either the Winter-Spring or Spring Child Advocacy Clinic before enrolling in this class. Once enrolled in the clinic, students will be provided a description of the various fieldwork options, and students will be placed to the degree possible in accord with their preferences. Visit the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) website for more about the Clinic.

Registration Note: This class can be added by CAP clinic students after the Phase 1 registration results are posted, and will not be in Phase 2 registration.

Subject Areas: Family, Gender & Children's Law , Procedure & Practice .

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