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Student Opportunities

If you are interested in a career in children's law, we invite you to learn more about opportunities with the Children's Law Center. The Children’s Law Center complements the School of Law’s child law concentration program, making USC an ideal choice for students interested in child law.

 

Law School Mentoring Program

Attorneys on staff with the Children’s Law Center are available to mentor law students enrolled in the child law concentration program. This mentoring opportunity is intended to provide students with insight into the legal profession and tools to guide their success in the area of children’s law. Students are matched with an experienced attorney who practiced in an area of interest.  

To enroll, contact Stephanie Nye at 803-777-1451.

Law Student Clerkships

The Children's Law Center hires second and third year law students to work as research assistants on a part-time basis. Research assistants perform a variety of tasks, including legal and non-legal research related to child maltreatment and juvenile justice. Law clerks also research and prepare summaries on various children’s issues to assist the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children. Experience in children's issues and course work in social sciences is preferred. 

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and law school transcript (student copy acceptable) to: 
Amanda Adler or Margaret Bodman
Children's Law Center
1600 Hampton St., Suite 502
Columbia, SC 29208

For more information, call 803-777-1646. 

Child Law Fellowship

Third year law students approaching graduation may apply for the Child Law Fellowship, a one- to two-year appointment to conduct policy and legal research related to child welfare and other children’s issues.  This position is designed for recent law graduates who intend to pursue a career in children’s law.  Preference is given to graduates of the University of South Carolina School of Law who completed the Children's Law Concentration program.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to: 
Amanda Adler
Children's Law Center
1600 Hampton St., Suite 502
Columbia, SC 29208

For more information, call 803-777-1646. 

MSW Student Internships

The Children's Law Center seeks motivated second year or advanced standing MSW students for field placement. Selected students, preferably macro or dual track (MSW/JD), will be primarily involved in projects related to the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Specific duties could include researching evidenced-based practices, assisting in the development of training curricula, and gathering and analyzing data.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to: 
Stephen Scoff
Children's Law Center
1600 Hampton St., Suite 502
Columbia, SC 29208

For more information, call 803-777-5506. 

Research Assistance and Consultation for Students

Any USC student who is completing a research assignment related to child maltreatment or juvenile justice may contact the Children’s Law Center for assistance.  Staff are available to serve as second reader or to provide informal consultation.  Additionally, students may utilize the Center’s Child Law Book Collection.

For more information, call 803-777-1646.