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Barton Appeal for Youth Clinic

Students in the Appeal for Youth Clinic will support appellate representation to protect the constitutional rights of children and parents. Depending on several factors, a team of two students will work on either a civil appeal regarding legal issues arising from foster care proceedings or criminal appeals on behalf of youthful offenders in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Civil appeals most commonly challenge the necessity of child removals or continued need of foster care while criminal appeals most commonly focus on post-conviction relief. Students in this clinic will gain experiencing interviewing and counseling clients, identifying legal errors and drafting appellate briefs, and working with appointed counsel to prep cases for oral argument. Students will learn how to understand and persuasively tell their client’s story, frame compelling, novel legal arguments, and ultimately safeguard the fundamental rights of families under the Georgia and United States constitutions.

How to Apply

Application: Applications for the fall semester are accepted the previous spring semester, with interviews and rolling admissions offered shortly after the application deadline.

Eligibility: The Barton Appeal for Youth Clinic is open to second- and third-year law students.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for the Appeal for Youth Clinic. Selection for the clinic is highly competitive, however, so relevant coursework and/or experience in juvenile and criminal law is preferred. Interviews are scheduled as applications are received and decisions are made shortly after the interviews.

The Application Process: Applications will be accepted either through Symplicity (Jobs > Clinics) or by submitting a complete application packet to Prof. Christopher Church.

Schedule for Spring 2024:

  • Application Period: September 15 – October 9, 2023
  • Interview Period: Rolling through October 26, 2023
  • Offers Released: October 27, 2023
  • Deadline to Respond: October 30, 2023

Please reach out to Shree'ca Lott with questions.