Children and the Law Course - Law (3360)

The course looks at the legal issues relating to children and how the various legal, political, social, and economic institutions shape childhood. Particular attention will be given to the interplay between the often conflicting interests of children, parents, and the state. It will examine how the American legal system attempts to reconcile the fundamental constitutional liberty of parents with the state's responsibility for protecting the interests of children and promoting their well-being along with the rights and interests of children. The topics that will be considered include: the scope of parental liberty as a constitutional right, children's rights and obligations, defining and creating the parent-child relationship (including adoption and child custody), children's rights and school authority (including student speech and anti-bullying laws), child abuse and neglect and foster care, medical treatment of and medical decision-making by children, juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system, and the legal representation of children.

Course Details

  • Credits: 3