LA 197 Juvenile Justice Law and Policy

Joshua Branch, J.D., Paterno Fellow Guest Lecturer

   – Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA
   – ’13 Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, Political Science

Class #19465 – 1 cr – Ethics Course for Spring 2020

This seminar focuses on the criminal justice system as it pertains to juveniles, often referred to as the “juvenile justice system.” The course sits at the intersection of psychology, behavioral health, sociology, political science, and law.

Juveniles exist in a unique role in our society. Their bodies and minds are still developing; hormonal changes, peer pressure and influences, as well as mental development all impact their behavior and responses to stressful situations. This has resulted in courts viewing juveniles as unique and therefore aiming to treat juveniles different and apart from adults. Therefore, this seminar aims to be holistic in the short class time we have together. It will give you a small sampling of juvenile justice issues ranging from developmental, educational, intersectional, and racial issues that may impact youth who have system contact. A brief history of the juvenile justice system will be provided on the first class to provide context to our work. We will also discuss a few seminal cases in juvenile law that will provide experience for the skills needed for law school.

Class Meetings: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., January 27 – March 2
Class attendance is mandatory. There are only six classes. If you do not believe you can come to every class, then you should not sign up for the course.

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