You have the opportunity to specialize in three different tracks - Family Law Practice, Children’s Law, and Elder Law – or pursue a general family law concentration.
The Family Law Concentration is designed to help you become practice ready in any of the three tracks offered, but you are not required to specialize in a particular track, particularly if you choose to take only the courses required. You must earn 21 credits from a group of five required courses and by choosing one course in each of two required areas, Track Direction and Lawyering Skills. The required courses are Family Law Practice, a 3L spring simulation course; its two prerequisites, Marriage & Divorce and Federal Income Tax; Children, Families & the State; and Elder Law. Several additional courses comprise the Track Direction options: selected externships (listed below at the drop-down menu), Estate Planning, Juvenile Offender Law, and the Milton Abrahams Clinic. The Lawyering Skills component includes courses focused on the skills that family lawyers use in their practices: Client Interviewing & Legal Counseling (CILC); Legal Interviewing, Negotiating, & Counseling (LINC); Mediation; and Negotiation.
The recommended courses, listed below, round out the 3L year in ways intended to create a solid foundation of information and skills necessary for successful family law practice. Suggested course planning guides are also listed below. The concentration advisor, Professor Catherine Brooks, assists students in planning careers in family law and can help you put together a two- to four-semester plan of coursework to prepare you for what you want to do in family law practice.