Student Domonique Alcaraz '18 describes her work as a certified law student in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.

There are four clinics that comprise the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. They are:

  1. The Juvenile Justice Clinic, which represents children in delinquency court proceedings;
  2. The Youth Justice Education Clinic, which (often in tandem with the Juvenile Justice Clinic) represents children in due process hearings, disciplinary hearings, and IEP assessments in order to advocate for their legal entitlements;
  3. The Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, which specializes in the post-conviction criminal defense of persons who were convicted as children; and
  4. The Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project, provides free legal representation to individuals with past criminal justice involvement to assist them in navigating and overcoming many of the collateral consequences of a conviction.

Each clinic requires enrollment in a year-long course relevant to its respective focus (procedure and litigation skills for the JJC; California education law and lawyering skills for YJEC; investigation and appellate processes for the JIFS Clinic). The coursework prepares clinical students for all aspects of representation of their clients, from initial interviews through hearings, disposition and post-disposition case management. 

A multidisciplinary approach to advocacy is the hallmark of our philosophy. Our social-work staff play a key roll in our representation of every one of our clients and work in close collaboration with clinical students in case management and client relations. See information on holistic representation.

For more information on each clinic, please visit its webpage, linked above. 

‌Acceptance is by application only. Applications for all three clinics are posted in the Spring.


Krithika Santhanam, JJC Class of 2017

‌“The legal curriculum at Loyola Law School gave me the foundation to think, speak, and write like a lawyer. But it was my clinical experience at the Juvenile Justice Clinic this year that taught me how to be an advocate. Through my work in this clinic, I learned how to be fearless, zealous, and unwavering in my advocacy on behalf of systemically marginalized youth. By representing clients in court, at probation meetings, and in IEP meetings, I learned that being emotionally intelligent and culturally aware is often times more valuable than being the sharpest legal mind in the room. Participating in the Juvenile Justice Clinic has been a transformative experience for me. I made lifelong friendships with fellow social justice warriors that I will truly cherish. My experiences in the clinic forced me to step outside of my comfort zone which helped me grow tremendously both personally and professionally. I put on an entire trial from start to finish. That statement speaks for itself. Most importantly, having this experience in my third and final year of law school helped me ensure that I'll never lose sight of my reasons for pursuing a law degree––to advance justice in this world. I will carry my experiences in this clinic with me for the rest of my life and I will be eternally grateful to Professor Buckingham for setting the bar so high and consistently believing in my ability to reach it. .” — Krithika Santhanam, CJLP Alumna, Class of 2017

Recently, Krithika Santhanam took part in a lawsuit against the Oakland County, Michigan, jail calling for the release of "'medically-vulnerable' prisoners who can be either freed or released to home confinement to protect them from the risk of contracting COVID-19." The judge ordered that the county jail has three days to provide the list of these individuals, at which time the judge will begin ordering the release of the prisoners subject to input by jail officials and attorneys.