Child Advocacy Law Concentration
Graduates from the child advocacy curriculum are prepared to represent parents, children, and the state in juvenile court and to advocate for children’s interests in a variety of arenas. The curriculum includes comprehensive classes, practical skills training through clinics and externships, and research and policy writing opportunities. This specialty program is the only one of its kind in Oregon, and prepares students to enter this field.
To complete the requirements of the concentration, a student must receive a B- or better (or, for the clinic, a P) in the following courses:
- Children and the Law
- Family Law
- Criminal Investigation
- Domestic Violence Seminar
- Defense Clinic or Prosecution Clinic
A successful candidate must also receive a C (or, for a clinic, a P) in 9 credit hours from the following list of optional courses:
- Child Advocacy Externship
- Family Law Policy
- Criminal Adjudication
- Family Law in the World Community
- Domestic Violence Clinic
- Child Development and the Law
In addition to completing the curriculum referenced above, a student must complete an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning an issue in child advocacy law. The paper must be of sufficient depth and quality to satisfy, and may be used to satisfy, the Law School’s upper level writing requirement. This paper requirement may be fulfilled by an independent writing project or the writing requirement for a course or for law review/journal. Advance approval of the topic by one member of the Child Advocacy Certification Committee is required.
A full list of requirements and procedures is available to current students in MyLaw. The information contained on this page is only a summary of the academic requirements.
For specific course requirements for individual concentrations, please go to “Forms” under the Registrar’s tab in MyLaw.