Information for Students

What's Unique About CAYAC?

CAYAC allows students to represent clients in cases using a full range of advocacy skills. Cases are carefully chosen to allow students to represent a client from initial meeting to resolution. CAYAC also engages in project-based advocacy in direct collaboration with community partners to change policy.

Substantive Practice Areas

In the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic, law students are exposed to many different substantive practice areas. The majority of clinic work takes place within the child welfare system. However, clinic students are also exposed to a range of practice areas relevant to children and youth who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, including:
  • Access to education and the McKinney-Vento statute
  • Housing and eviction
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • Police seizure of property
  • Access to public benefits
  • Interaction with the juvenile or adult criminal systems

Skills Focus

  • Client interviewing and counseling, working primarily with adolescents
  • Legal and non-legal problem-solving
  • Drafting pleadings
  • Oral advocacy both in court and otherwise
  • Policy development informed by research and practice experience

Success Stories

Here are a few examples of what CAYAC students have helped children and youth to achieve success in:

  • Having a voice in the child welfare proceedings that impact them
  • Receiving extended foster care services in order to avoid having no place to go when they turn eighteen
  • Removing barriers to housing for homeless youth