Section Description Provided by Instructor
The Columbia Law School Child Advocacy Clinic’s Adolescent Representation project represents adolescents on collateral issues relating to their aging out of foster care or other institutional settings. Most of these clients range in age from 17-23. The issues extend across a broad spectrum of need including: housing and homelessness prevention, teen pregnancy and parenting, health and health benefits, income and support benefits, education, tuition and financial aid benefits, financial planning, civil rights including LGBT issues, job training and career planning, and domestic violence.
One component of the project is a seminar focusing on the unique attributes of adolescents as viewed from multiple disciplines including medicine, law, sociology, psychology, journalism and education. Graduate students from other professional graduate schools in the university and LLM students can enroll in the seminar in order to explore adolescence from multiple perspectives. Faculty members from around the university, practitioners and policy makers will be guest teachers at the seminar.
Students in the Schools of Social Work, Public Health, International and Public Affairs, Journalism and Teachers’ College are encouraged to apply. There will be several spaces available in the seminar for students in these graduate programs.
The seminar will meet weekly on Thursdays from 3:10-5:00 p.m. Credit for the seminar will be based on class participation and written work. Students will be encouraged to develop written work that emphasizes the contribution of their own discipline in addressing important issues concerning adolescents, particularly youth of color, youth living in poverty, and/or youth living in institutional settings. It is hoped that these papers or other written projects will enhance the ability of the clinic to represent adolescents.
The clinic may have an additional project to do outreach to youth aging out of foster care. Students in the seminar may participate in this project during the fall semester and/or receive additional credit for participating in the second semester. Since the clinic is not running during 2012-2013, these plans have not yet been finalized. More information will be available during the summer. Classes will normally meet in the 3rd floor classroom of William Warren Hall, 410 W. 116th St.
At least two classes, one in September and one in October, will extend until at least 6pm. The exact dates have not yet been set; the one in October includes travel. Students enrolled in the seminar will also be observing a new part for youth aging out of foster care in Family Court during September. More about this will be emailed to students during the summer.
R 3:10 –5 p.m.
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Permission of the instructor is required.
Learning Outcome Goals
No learning outcome goals have been provided.