Juvenile Law

Course Description

For over a century this country has wrestled with how to treat youth in the juvenile justice system. This struggle centers on the tension between recognizing youth as developmentally distinct from adults, thus deserving of second chances and rehabilitative services, and historically and culturally driven notions of accountability, justice, and safety. This course will explore this tension and examine how that internal struggle has shaped the building of the juvenile justice system as a separate legal institution governed by unique criminal law, procedure, and policy. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of juvenile justice from both policy and legal perspectives through analyzing case decisions, social science research, legal theory, and empirical studies.

Current and Previous Instructors

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions

P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

Currently Scheduled Sections

CRN: 29255

  • Spring '24
  • 3
  • 405
  • Thurs: 12:00-2:00


  • Chaz Arnett

  • Waitlisted. (Limit 20).
  • 538U

  • Materials to be posted on Blackboard or distributed in class