Juvenile Justice Clinic   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 772 - Juvenile Justice Clinic

Credits: 4

The clinic will afford participating students an opportunity to gain first-hand, closely supervised training and experience in the representation of real clients and the practice of the arts/skills of litigation planning, client counseling, fact development, negotiating, and courtroom advocacy. The vehicle for such training and experience is the planning, preparation and presentation of the legal defense of juveniles in cases involving allegations of delinquent (i.e. criminal) conduct, including pre-trial issues, guilt or innocence, and disposition (i.e. sentencing) advocacy. All casework will be done under the supervision of a clinical professor.

Corequisites: Problems in Professional Responsibility

Prerequisites: Evidence; Professional Responsibility or Problems in Professional Responsibility.

Note: Students must be in their third year (December graduates are eligible in the spring semester of their second year) and must be eligible for certification under the Student Practice Rule (Rule 401 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules). Students must be available to meet with clients Monday through Friday. Court hearings are most likely scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Anyone having questions about the clinic or their eligibility should contact Prof. Gupta-Kagan, Room 131. Students are selected through the Lottery for clinics and professional skills courses. See specific instructions and forms for Lottery registration in the preregistration materials.

For first year students entering Fall 2016, this course satisfies the experiential course graduation requirement.

Basis of Grade: Performance on casework and participation in class discussions

Form of Grade: Letter