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Graduate Program in Family Law

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  • Advanced Family Law Practice and Procedure (LAW 859)

    This course will concentrate on emerging areas in family law. Topics include parental rights and responsibilities in reproductive technology cases, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, courts of concurrent jurisdiction, strategies to avoid discharges in bankruptcy, special laws unique to Native Americans, and cohabitation agreements. This course supercedes Advanced Litigation Techniques (LAW 856).

  • Advanced Legal Ethics (LAW 866)

    This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the ethical issues currently facing the legal profession. Although the course will primarily focus on ethical issues that face the family law attorney, the issues have a broader application to the entire profession. Many "hot topics" in legal ethics will be discussed, including but not limited to client confidentiality, conflicts of interest, dealing with dishonest clients, e-discovery, and the use of social networking in litigation and in marketing a legal practice. Students will be graded on the basis of a short paper and presentation regarding a topic of their choice and class discussion of the problems presented. The class is open both to students in the Family Law LL.M. program and to J.D. students.

  • Advanced Motion Practice and Pleading in Family Law (LAW 862)

    No course description available at this time.

  • Children and Divorce (LAW 860)

    This course is designed to train the practitioner to become children's representatives, attorneys for the child and guardian ad litae. Issues will include rights of children, parents and the state, decisions about medical care, juvenile courts, child abuse and neglect, and education and the law. This course will also help students develop interview techniques to solicit requisite information necessary to effectively represent the child before the court. With the ever increasing number of cases in matters of paternity, adoption, and divorce, issues of psychology become more important in resolving the custodial placement of a child. This course will also instruct students in the use and value of the various psychological tests used by the court today. Students will learn how to prepare a case strategy using expert witnesses to their maximum potential as well as learning effective cross examination skills.

  • Externship in Family Law (LAW 854)

    The externship component for the LL.M. Program in Family Law is quite flexible. Students are required to earn nine externship credits in total through one or more placements with family law judges, family law practice groups in law firms, solo practitioners or public interest organizations related to family law.

  • Family Law Mediation and Negotiation (LAW 863)

    Family law courts increasingly rely on various alternative dispute resolution programs. A contemporary practitioner must be well-versed and well-prepared for these alternatives to litigation.

  • Family Law Trial Advocacy and Litigation Strategies (LAW 861)

    No course description available at this time.

  • Independent Research in Family Law (LAW 855)

    Each student will be required to choose a contemporary topic in family law and write a publishable quality research paper. Students will work in close contact with their advisors and should expect to go through at least 2 editing cycles (3 drafts) for each paper.

  • Nontraditional Family Law (LAW 864)

    No course description available at this time.

  • Tax and Financial Aspects of Divorce (LAW 850)

    This class will explore divorce taxation, valuation of business entities, valuation of deferred income plans, and sophisticated financial documents, such as complex tax returns, financial statements, and various corporate reports.