EDUCATION ADVOCACY SEMINAR
(LAWJ-4070) - 2 UNITS
The Education Advocacy course offers students a unique opportunity for an in-depth study of education law and policy, as well as practical advocacy experience. This is a four-unit course, comprised of a two-unit seminar covering
lawyering skills and education policy and a two-unit clinic. Students must enroll in both components of the class; only the seminar will be graded. Students in the clinic represent youth involved in the juvenile justice system in special education and school discipline matters. Students are responsible for all aspects of representation including: interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, and advocacy at administrative hearings. Case theory, legal research, and writing are also core components of the seminar as well as the clinical experience. While the focus of the course is on the education system, the lawyering skills developed in the class are applicable in any legal environment.