Certificate in Children Studies

JFC Classroom 2The American Bar Association and, as a result, employers have urged law schools to expose their students to children’s legal issues by developing curricular offerings and training programs that provide opportunities to represent children. The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law has been a leader in this area and is the only top-50 law school in the country to offer a specialized Certificate in Children Studies.

Like other certificate programs, this certificate offers some distinct advantages to law students in terms of immersion in a specialty, resume enhancement, and possible advantages in job placement. Students who successfully complete the certificate will receive a notation on their law school transcripts and special recognition at graduation.

Students in good academic standing may apply to the certificate program at any time. To obtain a Certificate in Children Studies, Ohio State law students must:

  • Complete 15 hours of specialized course work at Moritz.  10 of the hours are satisfied by taking three core courses: Children and the Law (3 credit hours), Family Law (3 credit hours), and the Justice for Children Clinic (4 credit hours).  The remaining 5 hours may be fulfilled by completing courses pre-approved by the faculty.
  • Take an additional 5 semester hours in graduate-level courses offered at The Ohio State University, which has rich offerings in related areas that provide students with a critical interdisciplinary understanding of the many problems faced by children and their families. These courses must receive prior approval of the director of the Justice for Children Project.