The University of South Carolina School of Law will begin a Children's Law Certificate program in Spring 2014. The goal of the Children's Law Certificate program is to offer students enrolled in the JD program the ability to concentrate in an area of law that benefits children and families. These areas include family law, juvenile justice, education law, and child protection and welfare.
Students who complete the designated curriculum will receive a certificate of concentration. This certificate is intended to signify the student's specialization and interest in this area of law. The award of the certificate will be noted on the student's law school transcript and they will receive recognition at their graduation ceremony.
Students in the program will have a wide variety of classes available to them in the areas of child protection, education law, juvenile justice, and family law. They will receive advisement and mentoring from the experienced group of law faculty that teach in these areas. Students in the program will also receive exposure to speakers and seminars focused in this area. The program will also provide career counseling and information on prospective employers throughout the United States. Students who successfully complete the certificate program should be well prepared to enter into practice in an area of children's law.
The University of South Carolina School of Law believes it is well positioned to become a national leader among law schools in this specialty, and there is a need for more lawyers in South Carolina and throughout the nation in this area of practice. The University of South Carolina has become known for its leadership in the area of children's law through its affiliation with the Children's Law Center. The Children's Law Center was established in 1995. The Children's Law Center provides over 300 training programs a year for attorneys, case workers, guardians ad litem, and law enforcement.
Students who take at least four courses in the Children's Law curriculum are eligible to receive the certificate of concentration upon graduation. Students in the program must also complete their graduation writing requirement on a topic in the area and complete an experiential learning course in the area. The writing course and experiential learning course may be counted towards the four course requirement.
The following courses are in included in the Children's Law certificate curriculum:
The following faculty will be affiliated with the Children's Law Certificate Program. These faculty will be available to teach courses in the curriculum, supervise writing requirement papers, advise students in the program, and to provide mentorship.