The Child Advocacy Clinic is a one semester, four-credit clinic
offered in the fall and spring. It is open to second- and
third-year students, with 3Ls getting priority. While there are no
pre- or co-requisites for the CAC, students may find Family Law,
Poverty Law, Evidence, Administrative Law and Trial Advocacy
helpful in handling their cases. This clinic is rewarding, but
demanding, and students should carefully consider this in light of
their commitments. Part-time employment is discouraged and CAC
participants must be willing and able to prioritize clinic clients
(within reason) above other commitments.
All CAC students attend the pre-semester Child Protection Law Boot
Camp. Students also take a weekly, two-hour seminar class and
complete weekly reading assignments. In addition to participating
in the boot camp and seminar class, CAC students set and maintain a
minimum of 13 office hours each week, at least 10.5 of which take
place in three uninterrupted blocks of time called Court
Blocks. There can be periods of case activity which require
significantly more than the minimum commitment in any given
There are 8 possible Court Blocks per week:
|Monday A Block: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.|
Monday B Block: 2-5:30 p.m.
|Tuesday A Block: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.|
Tuesday B Block: 2-5:30 p.m.
|Thursday A Block: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.|
Thursday B Block: 2-5:30 p.m.
|Friday A Block: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.|
Friday B Block: 2-5:30 p.m.
Students must schedule their other classes and commitments
around their three Court Blocks and may not schedule any Court
Blocks on a Wednesday. Students do not go to court during every
Court Block. They reserve these blocks of office hours for the
convenience of the courts. Typically, students spend most of their
Court Blocks at the Law School’s Clinical Office or in the
Students keep track of their office hours by submitting weekly time
sheets. All work done on cases counts towards the office hours
requirement, including work at the Clinical Office, field visits,
court visits and other offsite activities. Students must adhere to
their office hours schedules, unless case developments and
emergencies require otherwise. When this is the case, students
receive credit for work done outside office hours and the minimum
office hours for that week are reduced accordingly.
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