Juvenile Court Law Seminar

Catalog No.: 402

Course Description:

A detailed examination of the operation of the juvenile justice system. The role and function of the police and of child protection agencies, public and private; the intake process and informal adjustment; the establishment of jurisdiction and the proof of jurisdictional facts; and dispositional and treatment services. Special attention to the assumptions underlying juvenile court intervention in cases of child neglect and abuse, incorrigibility, and delinquency. Critical appraisal of the major issues in the handling of juvenile misconduct and of the lawyer’s function in the juvenile court process. Extensive student presentations required. Field visits to various juvenile facilities and juvenile court sessions. Materials and written work requirement to be announced. Limited enrollment. Public Interest and Social Justice Certificate course.