The LSU Juvenile Defense Clinic is an intensive live-client representation experience in which third-year law students have the opportunity to defend local youth in juvenile court delinquency proceedings under the close supervision of clinic faculty.  This in-house clinic is comprised of two separate but integrated co-requisite courses – a seminar-based Course Component and a fieldwork-based Practicum.

If you have any questions about the clinic, please contact Professor Hector Linares at hector.linares@law.lsu.edu


LAW 5624: Juvenile Defense Clinic Course Component
(2 credit hours)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 2:00 -5:00 pm

In this graded course component, students receive intensive instruction in the substantive law, procedures and concepts needed to defend youth charged with offenses in juvenile court delinquency proceedings in preparation for the live-client representation they will undertake as certified student attorneys in the Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum.  This course focuses equally on the constitutional rights and procedural protections held in common with criminally accused adults as well as the unique protections of juvenile court that make juvenile justice a specialized area of law.  The course places a heavy emphasis on understanding the ethical duties of expressed interest representation and how those obligations are shaped in the juvenile defense context by the unique characteristics of adolescent development.  Students also explore the underlying and often competing interests that shape juvenile justice policy reform efforts.  Participation is limited to third-year students and requires consent of the Professor. 

LAW 5858:  Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum
(3 credit hours for 3Ls; 2 credit hours for 2Ls)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Juvenile Defense Clinic Course Component
Meeting Time: Wedndesdays 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Student attorneys are certified under Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX to engage in the actual representation of juvenile defendants in delinquency proceedings before the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court. Students receive intensive skills training and close individual supervision by clinic faculty to ensure representation is consistent with best practices in juvenile defense.  Students make frequent court appearances and gain experience in client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, motions practice, plea bargaining, trial preparation, trial advocacy, dispositional advocacy and collateral representation.  Students may also have the opportunity to engage in writs and appellate practice.  Students meet as a group on a weekly basis to engage in case conferencing and universalize the learning arising from each individual representation experience.  This course is graded Pass/Fail (E,HP,P,F).  Participation is limited to third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.    

Note: This course requires a two-day pre-semester orientation.