Children's Rights

Why Children's Rights?

Children are underrepresented, lacking resources, organization and access to levers of power. They do not vote, contribute heavily to campaigns or have certain court standing. Because of their political weakness, dependence on adults and societal obligations to them, their legal status has special import.

USD School of Law provides a rich array of offerings in the area of children's rights. The school's JD and LLM degree programs offer students the opportunity to study and collaborate with renowned faculty, practitioners and policy makers who play leadership roles in legal and policy issues at local, state and national levels.

Courses in Children's Rights

USD School of Law has built a strong, core academic program led by Price Professor of Public Interest Law Robert C. Fellmeth along with three full-time faculty members and numerous adjunct professors who bring years of experience practicing child advocacy at the highest levels.

Experience in Children's Rights

Employers are looking for experience. USD School of Law makes it possible for students focusing on child advocacy to put their academic training into practice before graduation. It's a competitive job market. Be prepared.

Get Involved

USD School of Law offers more than 40 student organizations where students gather with like-minded colleagues. Get involved in one of USD's organizations that focus on child advocacy and human rights.

Spotlight on Children's Rights

USD School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) is an academic, research, and advocacy law firm. CAI represents the interests and rights of children and youth in impact litigation, legislative and regulatory advocacy, research and public education projects, and public service programs.


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