Family law

Family law focuses on laws regarding marriage, divorce, children and juveniles, guardianship, adoption and similar topics. To earn the Family Law Concentration, students must obtain a minimum of 16 hours in the below core and related courses. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.33 in courses used to satisfy the Family Law Concentration requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of the Concentration requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

Core courses (all required)

  • Family Law (3)
  • Family Law and Benefits Clinic (4)
  • Marital Property (3)
  • Mediation (3)

Elective courses (at least one required)

  • Adoption Law (2)
  • ADR Survey (3)
  • Children and the Law (2 or 3)
  • Elder Law (2 or 3)
  • Ethics for the Family Law Practitioner (1)
  • Fatherhood & the Law Seminar (2)
  • Juvenile Justice (2)

Writing requirement (at least one required)

  • LARW III: Family Law Drafting (2)
  • Domestic Violence Seminar (2)

Note: Elective and writing skills requirements must be satisfied with different courses.


Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2014 can substitute the following course which ha​s not been taught since 2014:

        Writing requirement
  • Queer Law Seminar (2)