Juvenile Justice (LAW-638A-001)
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This three credit course offers students the opportunity to examine contemporary laws, policies and practices that impact youth in the juvenile and adult justice systems. We will explore present-day issues and systemic deficiencies that have significant bearing on youth and families, and attorneys and advocates, as they protect and defend the rights of children in juvenile and criminal courts across America. Topics will cover a range of issues as the course discusses real life case examples, looking at the juvenile justice system from arrest through post-disposition, and will also examine issues related to youth who are prosecuted in adult criminal courts. Students will discuss and examine a host of substantive and procedural due process and equal protection issues and will be encouraged to think about creative application. This class includes readings, class discussion and structured, in-class role playing exercises and simulations. In addition, there will be several short writing assignments and a final paper. This course fulfills the Professional Skills requirement and does not involve an end-of-the semester examination.
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