Watch Domonique Alcaraz ’18 discuss her experiences in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.

COVID-19 Update

As a result of the novel coronavirus, Loyola Law School and the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic have implemented preventative measures to protect the health of our clients, students, and staff.  We are still operating and taking all steps possible to continue to serve our clients, by continuing our client work on a remote basis.  

During this time, our office on the Loyola Law School Campus is closed.  To request legal services, please go here.

To read further about the response of juvenile defenders to the COVID-19 crisis, please see:

Legal Lunch Bites: LLS Faculty Discuss the Impact of COVID-19

Samantha Buckingham (JJC Clinical Director), "MEMO: TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS, RELEASE YOUTH FROM JUVENILE DETENTION." The Justice Collaborative Institute: Data for Progress. April 3, 2020.

NJDC issues statement on COVID-19 and the urgent need for the juvenile legal system to act

Statement on COVID-19 and Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

 "Youths in detention should be released to reduce coronavirus risk, advocates say." The Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2020.

"Cut off from their kids, parents of juvenile detainees wait and worry as coronavirus spreads." The Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2020.


Now back to our regular programming:


The Juvenile Justice Clinic 

The Juvenile Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School is one of a small handful of live client clinics nationwide where students have the opportunity to regularly represent children in delinquency court. 

Students directly represent children charged with offenses in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Each student will be responsible for all aspects of their cases-- including interviewing, discovery, investigations, written motion work, trial and post sentencing matters.

Clinical students are required to enroll in two courses: a year-long juvenile delinquency and litigation skills course. For more information, see Course Information.

A multidisciplinary approach to representing children is the hallmark of our philosophy. Our social-work staff plays a key role in our representation of every one of our clients. See information on holistic representation here.

Applicants to the Juvenile Justice Clinic should have an interest in criminal defense or juvenile delinquency, enjoy oral advocacy, and possess strong communication skills. Students must demonstrate flexibility and the maturity to assume responsibility for representing clients. 

Prior academic performance will be considered; however, weight will be given to those students who can demonstrate an interest in the issues presented as well as to those who have prior experience in a related field. 


JJC student Jonathan Bremen, flanked by JJC faculty and students, after arguing before the 2nd District Court of Appeal on behalf of a juvenile client.