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Curriculum

DePaul's comprehensive family law curriculum offers students access to theoretical as well as practical courses in areas such as divorce, mediation, child advocacy, child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, domestic violence, elder law, and disability law. Courses taught by experienced full-time and adjunct faculty who are experts in their fields, along with the hands-on opportunities offered by the family law center, contribute to an outstanding family law education. With a diverse curriculum, innovative programs and respected faculty, DePaul's family law program is a leader in the education of family law students.

Students may obtain a certificate in family law by satisfying JD requirements and the requirements of the specialized certificate program. Students can choose between three practice tracks: the divorce/marital dissolution track, the child advocacy track, or the elder law track depending on their interest and career goals. Students should review the family law Tracks listed below to review course recommendations for these three tracks.

Certificate in Family Law

Family Law Tracks

Guided by faculty and leading attorneys, the family law curriculum addresses the growing demand for lawyers with specialized credentials in today’s legal market.

In addition to the Certificate in Family Law,students can tailor their legal education to specific family law tracks, which provide specialized knowledge to help students increase their marketability. Students must take several required courses, and then may pick or choose from the remaining electives offered (detailed below) to reach their credit requirement. Please note, the certificate itself will not indicate a specific track. For detailed course descriptions, see the University Catalog.


Recommended Courses for Divorce/Marital Dissolution Track

Advanced Writing Required Course:​
  • Law 455 Legal Drafting: Matrimonial Law or Family Law 
  • Law 250 Senior Research Seminar 
  • Law 428 Independent Study: Topic Exploring Divorce and the Family Unit 
Practice-Based Required Course: 
  • Law 429 Legal Clinic: Family Law 
  • Law 429 Legal Clinic: Mediation as Advocate 
  • Law 438 Mediation: Family Law 
  • Law 213 Domestic Violence Practicum 
  • Law 524 Field Placement with Divorce or Divorce/Parentage Practice 
Elective Courses: 
  • Law 381 Financial Aspects of Divorce (highly recommended) 
  • Law 544 Family Law & The Jewish Tradition 
  • Law 321 Adoption Law 
  • Law 702 Elder Law​
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Recommended Courses for Child Advocacy Track

Advanced Writing Required Course: 
  • Law 455 Legal Drafting: Child Advocacy 
  • Law 250 Senior Research Seminar or Law 428 Independent Study: Exploring the Relationship Between the Child, Parent, and the State 
Practice-Based Required Course: 
  • Law 213 Domestic Violence Practicum 
  • Law 524 Field Placement with Child Advocacy Focus 
  • Law 363 Restorative Justice
Elective Courses: 
  • Law 227 Children't Human Rights Under Int'l Law
  • Law 313 Juvenile Justice 
  • Law 321 Adoption Law
  • Law 323 Child Protection: Abuse & Neglect
  • Law 498 Education Law & Policy

Recommended Courses for Elder Law Track

Advanced Writing Required Course: 
  • Law 455 Legal Drafting: (family law topic recommended)
  • Law 250 Senior Research Seminar or LAW 428 Independent Study: Elder or Disability Law or Estate/Probate Administration Topic
Practice-Based Required Course: 
  • Law 524 Field Placement with Elder or Disability Law or Estate/Probate Administration Focus
Elective Courses: 
  • Law 243 Business Fundamentals for Lawyers
  • Law 308 Wills & Trusts
  • Law 409 Estate Planning
  • Law 716 Disability Law
  • Law 718 Health Care Delivery Systems
For detailed course descriptions, see the University Catalog.