This course will systematically and creatively examine the juvenile justice system and the impact of various legal, social and political policies on at-risk youth -- with a focus on youth in Los Angeles. Questions discussed will include: what is juvenile justice?; how do we define “youth at risk?”; how are juveniles profiled?; does our understanding of youth culture, race, class, gender and sexual orientation or identity impact our understanding about youth in trouble? The course will include two visits from practitioners, a visit to a L.A. County juvenile detention center and a meeting with a Juvenile Court Judge. Students enrolled in the course will be required to complete a 25-35 page original research paper. Students will be graded on the final paper (80%) and class participation (20%). Interested students must submit a short application prior to entry into the course which will be restricted to 14 students. Final papers for this seminar, upon approval of topic by Professor, may fulfill Professional Responsibility and/or Critical Race Studies writing requirements.
Note: Law 532 is Professor Nanda’s Youth & Justice seminar (substantive) course. Law 750 is a live client clinical year-long course. Students who enroll in this clinical course (Law 750) must also be simultaneously enrolled in Law 532. Law 750 will meet once every two weeks in the Fall (for a clinical training component – 1 unit) and twice a week in the Spring (5 units). Law 750 is restricted to 2L and 3L law students. Law 532 is open to all graduate students at UCLA.