Juvenile Law

Professor Paula Kaldis
Email: pota@mslaw.edu
Phone: 978.681.0800 X117

Class Syllabus

Course Objectives
This course concentrates on children’s rights and interests. Massachusetts statutory procedures dealing with Neglected and Abused children, Juvenile Delinquents, Youthful Offenders and Children in Need of Services (CHINS) are examined along with case law, class simulations and case studies. Students learn how to represent children, families and the state effectively and ethically.

Course Requirements
After you register for this course, please email Professor Kaldis and indicate whether you have registered for the day class or are an on-line student. Since the syllabus is very detailed, students are expected to come to class the first week having read the cited cases, and taken a look at the websites such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and having read the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

You can order the Juvenile Law CD  (now on USB) in the bookstore. If you do not purchase it by the first week of class, you may look up the assigned cases on Westlaw. Please note that the final is an in class examination that is scheduled during exam week. Both the Online class and the day class take the exam at the same time, 6:00 P.M. The final exam is a closed book exam.

All Juvenile Law students must register with Professor Kaldis for Juvenile Law Rounds. You must devote one day during the semester (usually Monday) to meet Professor Kaldis at the Middlesex County Juvenile Court, 89 Appleton Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. Please dress and conduct yourself accordingly. When you enter the courthouse, tell the court officer you are a law student and then go upstairs to the first session where the list is called at 9:00 a.m. Professor Kaldis will meet you there. Since there are a number of students in both the on-line class and the day class, these visits will be spread across the semester, with two to three students attending every Monday. Please email Professor Kaldis with a list of your available dates as soon as possible.


A Question of Law #4 – Sexual Abuse and Children

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