MSU College of Law

Chance at Childhood Clinic

The Child and Family Advocacy Certificate Program is a joint program at Michigan State University offered by Michigan State University College of Law and the MSU Graduate School of Social Work. The certificate program is open only to students already admitted to the J.D. program at MSU College of Law or MSW at MSU School of Social Work. The certificate program can be completed concurrently with the social work and law degree requirements. It is designed to strengthen the knowledge base, practice and advocacy skills of masters-level social work students and law students interested in working with abused, neglected and at-risk children and families. It is one component of the Chance at Childhood Program. All students interested in pursuing the certificate program must meet for advisement with the Director of the Chance at Childhood Program. The certificate program is comprised of three components:

  1. Core Curriculum: Students will select courses from a menu of four or more courses offered by their respective schools. Additionally, students will be required to take at least one course from the other school.
  2. Seminar in Law and Social Work: This integrative seminar will be comprised of law students and graduate social work students enrolled together. This seminar is offered in two semesters, Fall and Spring, and will meet two hours every other week, with emphasis on select issues related to child abuse and neglect from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
  3. Externship/Field placement: Students must complete an externship/field placement in a setting in which both lawyers and social workers work with clients. Placements at the juvenile/family court, legal aid clinics, and child and family service clinics are examples which would satisfy this component.

For more information, consult their website.

Externship Slideshow Presentation (PowerPoint)