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Certificate in Family Law

To earn a Certificate in Family Law, a student must complete the 86 semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD degree, a student must complete 15 credit hours from the courses listed below, including two required courses and at least three elective courses.

An applicant must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in certificate courses. If a student takes more than 15 hours of courses from the approved list, all grades earned in those courses will be factored into the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement for the Certificate.

Previously taught courses, courses offered in other DePaul Colleges, and new courses and seminars that may be added to the curriculum may qualify for the Certificate with approval.

Students may apply for only one Certificate. 

For more information, contact Faculty Certificate Director for Family Law, Katie Liss.

Required Courses

Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 509FAMILY LAW3
Select one advanced writing requirement course from the following:3
LAW 250
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (approved topic)
LAW 428
INDEPENDENT STUDY (approved topic)
LAW 455
LEGAL DRAFTING (approved topic)

Elective Courses

Course Title Semester Hours
Select at least one course from the following practice-based courses:2-3
LAW 213
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRACTICUM
LAW 363
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
LAW 429
LEGAL CLINIC I (Family Law or Mediation as Advocate)
LAW 438
MEDIATION (Family Law)
LAW 514
LEGAL CLINIC II (Family Law or Mediation as Advocate)
LAW 524
EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (approved placement)
Additional Elective Courses:
LAW 227
CHILDREN'S HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW
LAW 243
BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS FOR LAWYERS
LAW 308
WILLS AND TRUSTS
LAW 313
JUVENILE JUSTICE
LAW 321
ADOPTION LAW
LAW 381
FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF DIVORCE
LAW 409
ESTATE PLANNING
LAW 498
EDUCATION LAW & POLICY
LAW 529
CHILDREN & THE LAW
LAW 544
FAMILY LAW AND THE JEWISH TRADITION
LAW 702
ELDER LAW
LAW 716
DISABILITY LAW
LAW 718
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

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