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Fall 2021
5351 Juvenile Law - MARRUS- 19149

Professor(s): Ellen Marrus (EMERTI)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 111  TUII

Course Outline: This course focuses on the development of the juvenile delinquency system and the juvenile courts through the examination of the history of the juvenile justice system in the U.S., United States Supreme Court cases, state cases, statutes, and additional readings. We will discuss the process of how juvenile cases are handled when a child is charged with an act that would be criminal if committed by an adult. This course is based on theory and practice. Students will be responsible for participating in simulated role plays – client interviewing, a detention hearing, a transfer hearing, and/or a dispositional hearing. Students will be responsible for 3-4 reaction papers of approximately 1000 words each, and two other writing assignments. These will be described in more detail closer to the fall semester as part of the assignments will depend on our ability to visit different facilities or attend hearings in the juvenile courts.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: DistanceEd  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.


First Day Assignments: The first assignment is to Read pages 3-39 in Children and Juvenile Justice.

Final Exam Schedule: Assignmnts      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (8/5/2021 10:33:08 AM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Children and Juvenile Justice, Third Edition by Ellen Marrus 2021, 752 pp, casebound, ISBN 978-1-61163-897-4