Educational Equity and Youth

Discover Law students at law school

2016-present

Pre-Law Pipeline

The Justice Center has spearheaded Texas Law’s role in a pre-law undergraduate program for students at the University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson University. The program’s primary goal is to increase the number of undergraduate students of color, as well as other students who are typically underrepresented in the study of law, who enroll in law school.

Past Projects

Meg, students and Petitioner at clinic

2012-2016

Educational Equity Project

The Educational Equity Project addressed educational barriers for low-income and minority students. It included the Texas Law Youth Court; the Mithoff Pro Bono Program’s Expunction Project, a clinic model that engages volunteer law students and lawyers to help individuals expunge their criminal records; and representation of individual students in school disciplinary, misdemeanor ticketing and truancy hearings.

Meg Clifford with Youth Court students

2010-2016

Texas Law Youth Court

Youth Court is an alternative discipline program designed to challenge the school-to-prison-pipeline, a national trend whereby children are funneled out of schools and into the juvenile justice system. Law students involved in Youth Court work in local middle schools to train and supervise students to hold peer-run trials and also serve as mentors to at-risk students, engaging them in a positive disciplinary program.

cover of parent resource guide

2014-2015

Parent’s Guide

A guide for parents involved with Texas Child Protective Services co-authored by Justice Center, in partnership with the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission and practitioners from around the state.

2012-2013

Travis County Model Court Education Advocacy Pilot Study

The Justice Center and the Texas Law Children’s Rights Clinic helped develop a multi-stakeholder pilot education reform project focused on youth entering the child welfare system in Travis County. The Education Advocacy Pilot Project was an initiative of the Travis County Model Court for Children and Families for the 2012–2013 school year.