The Juvenile Justice Clinic (JJC) at Loyola Law School provides holistic, client-centered advocacy for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The JJC is one of a small handful of live client clinics nationwide where students have the opportunity to regularly represent children in delinquency court.
The JJC is part of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, which was created in 2004, to foster systemic reform of the juvenile justice system by participating in and encouraging research, discussion and advocacy in the field and developing policy initiatives for systemic change.
JJC Mission Statement
The Juvenile Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School provides holistic, client-centered advocacy for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. We join with movements that challenge institutionalized racism on all levels and seek to dismantle the systems that perpetuate it. We unequivocally stand with the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight against all systems which continue to oppress Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We continually hold ourselves accountable to our clients, to dismantling the unjust system, and to affirming the value of every individual we represent. In doing so, we are guided by three core principles:
Providing holistic, client-centered representation. Our team of social workers, certified law students, and attorneys advocate for dignified solutions that meet our client’s stated interests.
Being conscious of the community we are serving. Our understanding that kids are fundamentally different from adults and face hardships unique to their developmental stage drives how we represent our clients.
Zealously advocate for every juvenile client. Every member of our team vows to decenter themselves and challenge their implicit biases. The clinic trains future generations of defenders to celebrate and honor young people and fight for our communities.
The Juvenile Justice Clinic commits to breaking down barriers to justice and liberating all youth from the shackles of the criminal legal system.
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Center for Juvenile Law & Policy
Founders Hall, Second Floor
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015