The Clinic provides students with an intensive education in the art of trial advocacy, community organizing and empowerment of minors. Students have extensive hands-on experience with juvenile law and family law. Through their direct client service students evaluate and critique current laws, policies and services impacting juveniles. Students think strategically about how to enhance justice for juveniles in the system.
A two day orientation and weekly mandatory seminar prepare students to appear in court. Students work individually and in teams of two-three on cases and projects. Students are fully responsible for all aspects of each case. Students have regular meetings with faculty and staff to review and discuss litigation strategy. Students are expected to think deeply about the universe of the client’s problems and goals, not just the particular proceeding in front of them.
The Clinic aims to teach students to be skilled self-reflective lawyers equipped to litigate and counsel in various fields with an understanding and appreciation for justice lawyering and how to effectuate change in the legal system.The Clinic is graded (6 credits). Students will devote 300 hours, approximately 20 hours a week to work at the Clinic.
Fact Sheet Application-Fall 2014
“You all are miracles. We have been to multiple places and never received help or answers, until now. Thank you for all your help” Clinic client
"The JAC has provided me with invaluable experience in managing an active case load, client interviewing, and client advocacy, in addition to a solid foundation in juvenile and special education law. I'm looking forward to representing my clients in court and interacting with the community during our public-information sessions. We are filling a huge whole in an under-served segment in the Phoenix legal field, and I'm happy to be part of the team making a difference!"