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:
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
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.