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Clinic students meet twice weekly at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) in a 90 minute seminar. After the first two weeks, the classes are divided between a weekly syllabus topic and a weekly case-rounds fieldwork discussion. In addition each student is required to keep a journal of their work and experiences, both in the seminar and the fieldwork, and to participate in simulation exercises that are critiqued by faculty afterwards with the student.

The twice-weekly seminars are co-taught at CHOP by an interdisciplinary faculty team that includes a pediatrician and a social worker.

Several examples:

  • Students work with The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research by participating in case rounds and engaging in research projects with Center principals and students from other disciplines.

  • The Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic was featured on network news as students successfully battled in administrative agency proceedings to obtain medical insurance coverage so that a low-income mother could purchase a chair lift needed to provide in-home care to her quadriplegic child.
  • This Clinic’s work is the subject of regular advocates roundtables, attended by leading lawyers specializing in this work from the area. Program graduates have gone on to fellowships and positions of leadership in this emerging field. 

Registration Information

Child Advocacy Clinic: One semester course offered both Fall and Spring semesters
# of Credits:

6 credits (may drop one credit in exchange for satisfying 35 hours of student’s pro bono requirement).

Pre-requisites: None
Registration Information: Open to JD 3L students and 2nd semester 2L students.


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