Family and Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) Course Description

 

Family and Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) Course Description

942 FAMILY YOUTH ADVOCACY CENTER (FYAC) (2 credits): This course offers substantive instruction and an opportunity for experiential learning in a variety of civil legal areas related to children, families and advocacy. Students will receive classroom instruction in civil legal areas that affect current and former foster youth, such as public benefits, credit checks, expungements, and housing. Students will have opportunities to represent and counsel eligible clients, primarily young people, 16-24 years old, who have prior or current involvement with Juvenile Justice or Child Welfare systems. Law students may also work with courts and legal clinics, assisting clients to prepare pro se documents and instructing pro se individuals on case preparation predominately in domestic relations related areas of the law including child custody, visitation, child support and divorce. Students will average six hours per week working in the clinic, developing legal skills that include interviewing, drafting pleadings, case development, potential courtroom presence and necessary legal research. Students are also required to promote FYAC to a community-based organization(s). Students may also be required to draft a legal pamphlet on a specific topic, and written at a developmental level appropriate to young people aging out of foster care. Students may also have the opportunity to represent a Franklin County family during National Adoption Day to finalize an adoption during the fall semester. FYAC is offered both fall and spring semesters; students may enroll in the class twice and may continue to represent clients from one semester to the next. A student may earn one (1) credit or two (2) credits if taking the class for a second semester; students enrolling for a second semester should consult with the FYLaw Executive Director or FYAC professor, and the Dean or Associate Dean to determine the amount of credits the student will earn. Prerequisite: Eligibility for this course is contingent on having earned at least 61 credit hours toward Law School graduation, and satisfying other requirements for the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Legal Intern License, outlined in Rule II of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar.

For more information about the Family and Youth Advocacy Center, contact Thomas Zani at 614-236-7237. 

You can also learn more information about the center here:  http://www.familyyouthlaw.org/fyac.php