Children's Rights

Why Children's Rights?

Children are often underrepresented, lacking resources, organization, an 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 has built a strong, core academic program led by Price Professor of Public Interest Law Robert C. Fellmeth along with other full-time faculty members and numerous adjunct professors who bring years of experience practicing child advocacy at the highest levels.  The school's JD degree program offers 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.

JD with Children's Rights Concentration

  • Total required credits: 18
    • To attain this concentration, students must successfully complete all core courses and a sufficient number of credits from the approved electives to reach a minimum of 18 credits.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA): 2.2
    • The minimum cumulative GPA required to obtain the concentration will be based on an average of grades received in courses eligible for concentration credit.
  • Recognition: Certificate and transcript notation
  • Application Process: JD concentration applications must be submitted no later than the applicable deadline stated below. Concentration applications are evaluated after all grades for the graduation term are finalized and JD degrees are officially conferred. Applicants will be notified of the status of their concentration application via email once evaluations are complete.

    application deadlines

    Graduation Month

    Concentration Application Deadline


    April 1 of graduation year


    July 1 of graduation year


    November 1 of graduation year

Concentration Application

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  • Spotlight on Children's Rights
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