Child Advocacy Practicum | L5031

At Denver Law, the required course of study for students seeking to enroll in a legal externship includes a fieldwork component and an accompanying for-credit, graded seminar. The Child Advocacy Externship Program is one of our Specialty Programs. The goal of this program is to train law students on the underlying legal issues involving children, youth, and their families so that students are prepared to advocate on behalf of children in Colorado’s courts. The program also aims to develop a robust and supportive community of students and supervising attorneys engaged in children’s legal work. Only specific placements, as listed on the Externship Program’s website in the semester prior to when the program is being held, are eligible. The application process for the field placements is generally in the early Spring for a Fall placement.

This externship seminar focuses on the substantive law behind legal advocacy for children and youth. The course will primarily explore the fundamentals of dependency and neglect proceedings involving abused or neglected children. In addition, the seminar will expose students to juvenile delinquency law, education law, immigration law, and other intersections of youth and the legal system. Youth encounter the legal system through a variety of means and this course recognizes that they need solid legal representation, regardless the case type. This seminar is taught from a practical perspective with students having opportunities to develop their legal skills, as well as engage in more theoretical debates.

To enroll, please place yourself on the waitlist for the class, Child Advocacy Practicum, which is listed as 5031, but will have a unique CRN, as listed on the Registrars’ Class Schedules site for the particular semester. Once you have submitted the paperwork required to be enrolled in an externship (the signed acceptance form), the Externship Office will remove you from the waitlist. For information on enrolling in the fieldwork component, see Externship 5025. Please consult the Legal Externship Program website for more information on enrolling in a legal externship and contact with any questions on this program.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 2
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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