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Children's Legal Issues Practicum (Spring 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-703A
  • Class Number: 03381
  • Instructor: Karen Ullman

Course Description

Help finalize foster child adoptions and guardianships, advocate for special education services and assist teens in foster care while learning about the child welfare system and court systems for children in California.

Students will work on cases involving children/youth and families in a placement 8 hours per week with the Children’s Rights Project at Public Counsel.  Public Counsel placement options include the: Adoptions Project, Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Project, Education Rights Project, Guardianship Project, Statewide Education Project or Transition Age Foster Youth Project.  Placement hours are at Public Counsel’s office at 610 S. Ardmore Ave., LA, 90005.

Under the supervision of a Public Counsel attorney, students: 

conduct client interviews
draft legal documents
assess legal issues and develop case advocacy strategies
assist attorneys with casework and legal research
observe adoption, juvenile court and guardianship hearings

In the weekly seminar, students learn about legal issues impacting children/youth who have been abused or neglected. Students will also learn about mental health, special education and public benefits for foster children with special needs, including strategies to successfully advocate for eligibility and increased funding. The course also examines ways to make systemic reform to the child welfare system through impact litigation and legislation.

If you have any questions contact Professor Ullman at 213/385-2977 ext. 295 or .


Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: W 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Room Number: Room 114
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 7 students