A study of the law relating to juvenile court: juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, foster care, status offenses, and termination of parental rights. Includes discussion of the philosophy underlying juvenile court, intake procedures, waiver to adult court, initial hearings, adjudicatory hearings, dispositions, treatment options, the role of counsel, and current efforts at reform. The course examines the unique partnership of law and social work in juvenile court. Students may substitute one or more portfolio writing exercises as full or partial fulfillment of the final examination course requirement. Paper must be practice oriented and may include opinion letters, bench briefs, and memoranda of law. If the instructor allows papers in lieu of examinations, this course may include a qualifying portfolio paper that fulfills a portion of the upper level writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule X — Writing Requirement and Directed Research.