The center was established to offer the hope of systemic reform of the L.A. juvenile justice system through research, litigation, discourse, and advocacy. Prior to the creation of the CJLP, L.A. was the only major metropolitan city nationwide without an independent organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of children in the delinquency system.
The program offers students a wide range of opportunities to explore the nature of the attorney-client relationship, to experience the actual operation of legal institutions and to refine the skills they will use as future attorneys. Externships expose students to particular areas of practice through work in specialized offices.
The center provides mediation, conciliation and facilitation services, and conflict resolution training to the communities throughout Los Angeles County, and to students, faculty and staff at Loyola. The services are provided in English, Spanish and Armenian.
The program was created to focus research and public attention on the civil justice system. Also, the program convenes periodic conferences, seminars and presentations; promotes and publishes scholarly research; and initiates cross disciplinary projects.
The Disability Rights Legal Center is an independent non-profit public interest law office located on the Loyola Law School campus and a satellite office on the University Of La Verne College Of Law that provides free legal services to persons with disabilities