The Youth Justice Clinic is either a one
or two-semester clinic in which third-year law students represent minors in
several settings: juvenile delinquency court, adult district court, and
administrative hearings for education issues. We work in Durham, Orange, and
Wake Counties. Our delinquency and
criminal docket includes misdemeanors and felonies, ranging from disorderly
conduct to drug distribution. Our
education docket includes long-term suspension hearings and appeals, as well as
special education advocacy.
cases are assigned to individual students, each student works with a partner. The
pair meets regularly with a faculty supervisor. Prior to each supervisory meeting, students submit detailed case plans
documenting defense strategy. Each student receives extensive oral and written
feedback from his or her faculty supervisor. In addition, students engage in
self-evaluation and reflection.
appear in court and at administrative hearings frequently; they handle all
aspects of their clients’ cases. The
work includes client interviewing, fact investigation, drafting pleadings, oral
advocacy – including direct and cross examination, closing arguments, and
sentencing recommendations – and negotiation. Throughout the process, students
maintain regular contact with their clients, advising and counseling them at
Evidence and Criminal Procedure: Investigation must be taken prior to the fall semester of your 3rd year.
Trial Advocacy is a prerequisite but may be taken concurrently in the fall.
In addition, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication is strongly recommended.
Students entering the Youth Justice Clinic for either the fall or the spring must also register for Criminal Lawyering Process in the fall.