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Liberty Law School Offers First Course in Child Abuse Law

May 02, 2011

Liberty University School of Law is the third ABA accredited law school in the nation to offer a course designed for students to use their skills on behalf of abused and neglected children. No other faith-based law school has offered such a course.

The course, Child Abuse and the Law, was designed to provide a substantive overview of the prosecution process in criminal cases involving child abuse and neglect. Victor Vieth, Director of the National Child Protection Training Center, remarked, “On the job training is no longer acceptable when it comes to investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases.  I commend Liberty University School of Law for taking this bold and hopeful step in training tomorrow’s front line child abuse prosecutors and child protection attorneys.  We hope more law schools will follow Liberty’s lead in this critically important area.”

Throughout the course, law students followed an actual child abuse case from the initial report phase through sentencing. “The best way to prepare and equip students for a career as a child abuse prosecutor is to have them work on a real life case as if they were the actual prosecuting attorney,” added Professor Basyle Tchividjian who taught the course. Tchividjian formerly worked as a child abuse prosecutor.

Liberty University School of Law is committed to training and equipping tomorrow's attorneys to confront and address the horrors of child abuse and has already begun receiving positive feedback about this new course from professionals committed to the protection of children.  “The Child Abuse and the Law course offered at Liberty University School of Law will be a substantial benefit for those of us fighting on the front lines against child abuse.  With better trained professionals, more children will be protected and more abusers will be behind bars,” stated Sheriff Mike Brown, Bedford County, VA, and executive board member of the National Sheriff’s Association.

Liberty University School of Law is committed to academic and professional excellence in the context of the Christian intellectual tradition. For more information about the law school or future events at the law school please visit www.law.liberty.edu or call 434-592-5300.