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LAW 1008: Developing Children's Rights
Fall 2017 • Section 01 • CRN 5242

Course Description

The seminar will cover the following topics: 1) Childhood as a Legal Status. This segment of the course, joined with the next, act as foundation for identifying the basic legal problem in developing the constitutional rights of children; 2) Children as Family Members. This is focused on fleshing out the legal relationship between parents and children; 3) Children as Victims and Witnesses. This segment of investigates one of the dominant tensions in our system: children victimized by the very people assigned to protect them; 4) Children as Students and Agents. Here again, children are assigned to "protective" environments that are sometimes hostile or unsupportive; 5) Children as Patients, Consumers, Litigants. This is a catch all, following from the highlighted "agency" element of the school focused material; 6) Children as Offenders. This segment will be structured to consider the ways in which we hold children responsible for their choices even as otherwise characterizing them as incompetent deciders; and 7) Children as Citizens. This is designed to contain material on regulations directed at children like curfews, underage drinking, and gambling prohibitions.


Day/Time Location
Th 10:00-11:50 AM Klein 7A

Course Details

  • Karl Schwartz
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Writing
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Writing Research

Registration Info

No Registration Restrictions.

Book List/Materials

No book purchases are required or recommended for this course.