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Family Law Clinic

Fall or spring semester: 3 credits

In the Family Law Clinic, students are responsible for a divorce case and a domestic violence case referred to the clinic by a legal service organization. You will interview clients, prepare pleadings, prepare clients for court appearances, represent clients in court, and take all other actions necessary on their clients' behalf. Through cases, class discussions, assignments and related work, the clinic provides an essential practical overview of how to handle various family law matters. You will gain an appreciation of how the actions, communications and judgment of a person handling a family law matter affect the well-being of each member of a client's family, not only during the course of representation, but for years to come. At the same time, you gain an appreciation of how race, gender and class affect outcomes. It is strongly recommended that students take the following courses prior to participating in this clinic: Evidence; Trial Advocacy; either Law and the Family Unit or Marital Dissolution Process. The Family Law Clinic also counts as a practicum for the family law certificate.