Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program

From representing teens to guiding immigration decisions and shaping policy, students involved with the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project (JRAP) engage with multiple facets of children’s law. JRAP specializes in representing and serving as Guardian ad Litem for youth in multiple systems, building ongoing relationships and maintaining a continuity of representation.

Attorneys and students collaborate with staff social workers and graduate social work students from the Boston College School of Social Work to provide clients with comprehensive, interdisciplinary assistance.

JRAP features:

  • An in-house clinic, where students represent teens on a full range of civil legal issues
  • Externship placements with organizations specializing in children’s issues
  • In-house cases representing youth in Special Immigrant Juvenile cases (in conjunction with the Immigration Clinic)
  • Policy work, in which students promote youth services’ continuity and accountability



Francine Sherman


Legal Services LAB

Part of our innovative Legal Services LAB, a fully functioning law firm within our Center for Experiential Learning.

Our Focus

A long-standing focus of the program has been providing representation to girls in the Massachusetts juvenile justice system—juveniles who often require advocacy across systems. JRAP’s ecological approach emphasizes increasing access to and accountability of services and improving each client’s opportunity for success when she re-enters the community from detention or other placement.