The Justice for Children Clinic provides students with the opportunity to represent children in a variety of legal proceedings. The cases may include abuse and neglect proceedings, delinquency charges, custody modifications, education issues, and immigration adjustments. Students are responsible for investigating their minor client’s lives with an eye toward assisting the child gain the desired outcome.
Students in the Clinic have a unique experience. As students, they must understand the law and the facts in a particular proceeding. They also have to help a young person understand their legal rights and assist them in deciding how to proceed. This process sharpens students’ communication and advocacy skills. Students are then challenged with ensuring that their client’s wishes are effectively communicated to the court.
Students have represented hundreds of at-risk children in the Columbus metropolitan area. The course includes two weekly class meetings that examine relevant legal doctrines and the ethical and strategic issues raised in representing clients in such proceedings.