Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles ("CLC") is a nonprofit, public interest law corporation created 18 years ago and funded by the Court to serve as appointed counsel for our County’s abused and neglected youth. With our 220 person staff of lawyers, paralegals and investigator/social workers, we serve as the "voice" in the foster care system for the vast majority of children under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles dependency court.
CLC attorneys represent children who are at risk of abuse or neglect in juvenile dependency proceedings and seek to advocate for critical services and support that these children so desperately need. Practicing in dependency court requires the development of expertise in a variety of areas -- negotiation and mediation skills, legal research and writing, and trial skills - along with an array of non-legal areas related to child and family well being including, child development, health and mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and special education. CLC attorneys and staff are committed and passionate in their representation of our County’s foster youth in day to day dependency hearings, as well as a host of other related hearings and proceedings that seek to ensure the child’s well being and future success.
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Children’s Law Center offers clerkship opportunities to law students interested in learning about the Los Angeles County dependency court system. This area of practice provides students with exposure to a wide range of child and family welfare issues. The participation of volunteer attorneys, graduate students, and undergraduate students is also welcomed at CLC throughout the year.
Law clerks and volunteers assist attorneys with trial preparation, witness interviews, research and preparation of motions, custody orders, guardianship papers, subpoenas, and restraining orders. Telephone contact, problem solving, and monitoring the enforcement of court orders with caretakers, social workers, therapists, and child and adult clients are also important functions performed by interns. Interested students often develop specialized research projects as well.
Clerks and volunteers attend confidential juvenile court proceedings and witness the dynamics of how this system addresses the needs of families in crisis. Monthly in-service training is also offered.
CLC also welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with students seeking to apply for competitive privately funded fellowships. We have recently initiated fellowship work at CLC in 2005 and will continue to promote and support these invaluable opportunities for enhanced advocacy and system change.
Volunteers, grant recipients, and students working for credit are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume via mail, FAX, or e-mail to:
Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles