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Child Law

WHAT IS CHILD LAW?

Child law aims to improve children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice, and public policy.  The field of child law is varied including child abuse and neglect, child welfare and protective services system enhancement, foster care, juvenile justice, education and family law.  Child law can be a highly emotional practice as the attorney is advising the client at a difficult time in the client's life. Client counseling that is not limited to legal discussions is often involved. Good people skills are essential as there is often a large amount of client contact.

There are a variety of different positions that an attorney can hold while working directly in the child advocacy field:

READ ABOUT THE CAREER PATHS OF ATTORNEYS PRACTICING CHILD LAW


IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING PURSUING A CAREER IN CHILD LAW...

1. Take child law classes during law school. Loyola offers a wide variety of classes in the area of child law including seminars, trial practice, and externships.

2. Consider working at Loyola's Civitas Child and Family Law Clinic.

3. Consider joining Loyola's Children's Legal Rights Journal. Working on a journal that focuses on a specific topic shows potential employers that you have a strong interest in the field.

4. Develop relationships within the Chicago community of child law attorneys by getting involved with the ABA Center on Children and the Law.

5. Gain experience volunteering at the Office of the Public GuardianCASA, the Department of Children and Family Services, the LAF Chicago, and other child law employers.

6. Sharpen your courtroom skills by taking any class that helps to get you comfortable in the courtroom or by participating in Moot Court.

7. Gain experience and sharpen your writing skills through a child law externship at sites such as the Department of Children & Family Services or the Juvenile Department of the Cook County Public Defender's Office.

8. Get to know Loyola professors specializing in child and family law - Bruce Boyer, Sacha Coupet, Diane Geraghty, Mary Burns, Stacey Platt, and Anita Weinberg.


CHILD LAW RESOURCES

Loyola Civitas Child and Family Law Clinic

Child Welfare Law Resource Guide

International Children's Rights Resource Guide

Juvenile Justice Resource Guide 

ABA Center on Children and the Law

ABA Section of Litigation Directory of Pro Bono Children's Law Programs

National Association of Counsel for Children

Harvard Law School's Children's Rights Law: A Career Guide

National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School

The Adoption & Child Welfare Lawsite

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

First Star - Putting Children First

Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship

 

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