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Children's Legal Issues Practicum (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-703A
- Class Number: 03381
- Instructor: Karen Ullman
This course focuses on the Child Welfare System in California for children who have been abused or neglected. Students will learn about the Foster Care/Juvenile Court system and Adoption Law and Practice in the seminar portion of the course. Students will also work directly with children and families in a placement with Public Counsel’s Children’s Rights Project.
· Students receive a placement with Public Counsel’s Children’s Rights Project and work8-10 hours per week at Public Counsel’s offices on cases involving children.
o Students conduct new client interviews, complete legal documents, assess legal issues and develop advocacy strategies on cases, assist attorneys with client work, and conduct legal research.
o Students also have the opportunity to assist a family from start to finish in finalizing a foster child adoption, including attending the Adoption Hearing.
o Students observe Dependency Court and Adoption Hearings, policy meetings and case review sessions.
o Placements are at Public Counsel at 610 S. Ardmore Avenue, LA, CA 90005.
· In the weekly seminar portion of the course we will examine the Foster Care/Juvenile Court System and Adoption Law and Practice. Students will learn about services, such as special education, mental health and funding for foster children with special needs, including techniques to successfully advocate for eligibility and increased funding. We will also examine how to utilize a range of advocacy tools, including direct representation, legislative work, and impact litigation to assist children and families on an individual basis, as well as to create systemic change to the Child Welfare System.
· If you have any questions please feel free to contact Professor Ullman at 213/385-2977 ext. 295 or email@example.com .
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: CR/D/F Only
- Schedule: W 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
- Room Number: Room 106
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills Requirement: Yes
- Participation: Required
- Enrollment Limitation: 6 students
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