The Juvenile Justice Clinic

The Juvenile Justice Clinic

Watch Domonique Alcaraz ’18 discuss her experiences in 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. 

Student Experiences

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.
Class of 2018 at Summer Orientation, a mandatory and rigorous annual rite of passage for incoming JJC students. Also pictured: Clinical Director Samantha Buckingham, center.
JJC students Marlon Llanes ('18) and Alma Pinan-Luz ('18) after defending juvenile clients at Eastlake Courthouse. Just another day in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.
JJC Class of 2018-2019, flanked by JJC Social Worker Vanessa Alvarez on the left; Clinical Director Samantha Buckingham (in red) and Supervising Attorney Brooke Harris on the right.