Guatemala: Juvenile Justice Clinics

In December 2015, the Universidad Rafael Landívar completed the first phase of its juvenile justice legal clinic program for law students in Guatemala. The clinic program was established as part of NCSC’s efforts to support the development of a criminal juvenile justice specialization in the legal system with various universities in Central America.

The Universidad Rafael Landívar is the first university in Guatemala to implement a specialized legal clinic with the goal of developing its students’ ability to provide legal advice, based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Comprehensive Law on the Protection of Children and Adolescents. Under the program, law students participate in 180 class-hours of practical theory imparted by juvenile justice specialists, followed by a 200-hour internship with the Public Ministry and criminal courts. This dual-component strategy combines theoretical in class tuition, and a practical internship phase to develop alternative conflict resolution, and strategic litigation skills for juvenile criminal offender cases.

Under the Central America Juvenile Justice Program, NCSC is supporting the implementation of four legal clinics in the region specializing in Juvenile Justice and Restorative Justice. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. For more information, please visit