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The Lawyer Working Across Professions

Founded 1983, works in collaboration with Penn’s Schools of Medicine and Social Policy & Practice, and with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Child Advocacy Clinic is truly an innovative, interdisciplinary clinical seminar that teams law students, medical students, and social work students to study the legal system’s response to the problem of children not adequately cared for by their families in an interdisciplinary context, and to represent children in the role of Child Advocate in Dependency Court proceedings.

Students represent their clients in court hearings (under “student practice” rules of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court), participate in developing a plan to serve the child’s best interest, and in assuring that the plan is carried out through a variety of interactions with parents, the Department of Human Services (DHS), and various service providers.


         A law student, pediatrician and social work student meet with a client.

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