Students get practical training in family law situations by placement with Bench officers through our judicial externship program. There are numerous family law courts located at the Lamoreaux Justice Center. Students also get family law experience by working at various self-help centers located through out Los Angeles County. The Orange County Legal Aid Society and Public Law Center accepts several students each term to help with their overwhelming family law cases. Students have interaction with indigent clients, and help them move through the legal justice system.
As to children’s rights matters, students have opportunities to extern in various children’s rights organizations where they get hands-on legal training. Students are placed in juvenile court in both Orange County and Los Angeles Children’s Law Center where they assist attorneys in dependency court, delinquency court, and help clients through the adoption process. Students have an opportunity to extern in the Orange County Counsel’s Office where they work with attorneys conducting child protection civil prosecutions, protecting children from physical and sexual abuse. Attorneys in the county counsel’s office concentrate on areas of child welfare and juvenile dependency. State Council on Developmental Disabilities Area Board XI gives students the opportunity to assist families with children with special education and regional center services needs. Students give parents information regarding the education and service rights of their children, and assist with presentations to parent support groups regarding basics of special education.