The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center focuses on teaching, research, law reform and community service in all areas of child and family law. A large and distinguished faculty provides expertise on a broad range of legal issues affecting families throughout their life cycle, including:

  • Adoption
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Disability
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Education
  • Elder Law
  • LGBTQ Family Issues
  • Sexual Exploitation

The center shares the university's dedication to serving diverse populations and varied families, and strives to:

  • Teach future generations the skills needed to enhance the practice of child and family law
  • Work with lawyers, judges and legislators to discover and promulgate best practices
  • Evaluate existing law
  • Partner with the community to serve diverse families

Practical Experience & Financial Awards

The center funds 15 to 25 students annually to work in public service jobs. We also connect our students with private firm positions.

  • Guaranteed $3,000 for Summer Public Service Work
    Request consideration for this award on your law school application. Check “child/family law” as an area of interest.
  • Opportunities for select Student Fellows to receive financial awards to work in Public Service

Family Law


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