Levin College of Law
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Juvenile Justice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course explores the origins and continuing evolution of the juvenile justice system to address the question, “What do you do when the kid is a criminal and the criminal is a kid?” In addition to examining current laws, procedures, and policies that affect young offenders, we compare the procedure and jurisprudence of the current juvenile court to those of adult criminal court. The course considers models and “best practices” for juvenile justice systems across the 50 states to inform our discussion of the appropriate goals of juvenile court – rehabilitation or punishment. Thus, this course is a course as much about youth policy as about criminal law.