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.
"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 pursing 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."