Prior to graduation, students must take at least one course in each of the following areas:
Attorneys specializing in family law handle a variety of complicated issues, including divorce and child custody, child and spousal support, prenuptial agreements, guardianship, adoptions, and estate planning. Family law lawyers must not only know the relevant law, but be very comfortable with negotiations and counseling clients on deeply personal matters.
Most private sector family law lawyers practice as sole practitioners or in small law firms, but many larger firms have matrimonial and wealth management practices for clients with a high net worth. In the public sector, family law lawyers may work for legal services or the public defender office. Some family law attorneys work for state government in child welfare or juvenile delinquency.
Experiential Courses and Seminars
- Commission on Domestic Violence – Annual Law Student Writing Competition
- Domestic Violence Annual Law Student Writing Competition
- Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
- National Association of Counsel for Children Student Essay Competition
- National LGBT Bar Foundation Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition
Full-Time Faculty Focusing on this Pathway