In the Children's Rights Clinic, students practice in juvenile court under the supervision of an experienced clinical professor.
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 therapists, child development specialists, educators and social workers to collaborate their cases. Partnerships with the school of education at Drake and mental health agencies in the Des Moines area are particularly helpful as students learn about the systems that serve our clients.
Prerequisite: Children & the Law (LAW 280) or Permission of the Clinic Director.
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.
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.
Jami Hagemeier, Interim Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights; Associate Clinical Professor