Juvenile Justice Clinic

Students serve as student practitioners with the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender. Clients are indigent juveniles, aged 10 to 17, charged with criminal offenses ranging from Class B misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. The Clinic provides an opportunity for students to learn juvenile law, interact with clients, advocate in court proceedings, and participate in educating children about the law.

Student practitioners are assigned cases for which they have primary responsibility under the supervision of an experienced attorney in the public defender’s office. Students perform all investigation, interviews, discovery, negotiation, and litigation functions on their cases.


The Juvenile Justice Clinic was a great experience for me!  It taught me the practical skills of interacting with clients, coming up with legal arguments, and presenting those legal arguments in court.

Matthew Barry