Children's Rights Clinic

In the Children's Rights Clinic, students practice in juvenile court under the supervision of an experienced clinical professor.

Children's Rights Clinic

In the Children's Rights Clinic, students represent abused or neglected children as their guardian-ad litem and attorney in Child In Need of Assistance proceedings as well as juveniles in delinquency proceedings.

Students gather facts, draft legal documents, advocate for their clients, and participate in court hearings in addition to attending weekly classes and case reviews.

In addition, students team up with graduate students in the School of Education and a licensed master social worker. In joint classes, law students learn about child development, interviewing, and other skills, while the graduate students learn how the legal system works.

Prerequisite: Children & the Law (LAW 280)

Students are required to take the clinic for two semesters so the children they represent experience continuity. Limited to students in their third year of law school who are eligible to receive a student practice license.

Juvenile Delinquency Clinic

In the Juvenile Delinquency Clinic, students represent youth charged in juvenile court with delinquent acts in informal adjustments, detention hearings, adjudicatory hearings (trials), and dispositional hearings (sentencing).

The clinic includes a classroom component twice per week focusing on the procedural, constitutional, and statutory rules relating to youth charged as delinquents.


Brent Pattison, Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights; Associate Clinical Professor
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Patricia Houilhan, Clinician in Residence

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Middleton Center for Children's Rights

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Drake Law School is pleased to announce alumni award winners. Karen Shaff, LW’79, was named the 2018 Alumna of the Year; Kristina Stanger, LW’05, was named the 2018 Recent Alumna of the Year; and Robert Oberbillig, LA'56, LW'58, received the Distinguished Public Service Award.