Family Law Clinic

The Family Law Clinic represents clients in the matters of legal separation, divorce, child support, child custody, visitation, guardianships and other related domestic relations issues. The clinic operates on a sliding fee scale basis, depending on the financial circumstances of the parties.

Because families remain in need of services for custody, dissolution of marriage, visitation issues, guardianships, estate plans, juvenile court proceedings, and many more issues, there will continue to be expanding fields of employment for Chicago-Kent graduates.

The Family Law Clinic is designed to give a real-world experience, hands-on practice, and a basic level of comfort in the practice of family law. Participating students will have the practical experience of interviewing office clients, of using the interview to determine what pleadings should be drafted and filed, of drafting those pleadings and of using effective negotiation and trial strategies under the supervision of the supervising attorney. Students will learn the structure of a family law case, the various courts which are involved, and they will file actual pleadings and attend court hearings.

Those students eligible for a 711 license will argue motions and attend status calls and short hearings on behalf of clients. At the weekly class meetings, students will discuss what is happening in their cases, how they are responding to clients' needs, and devising strategies for proceeding in the case as well as what they have seen and heard in the courtroom.

Participating students are provided a portfolio of materials to use when they actually begin to practice in this area of the law.They acquire, for example, forms and instructions for practicing in Domestic Relations, Probate, Domestic Violence Court and other relevant courtrooms. They learn how to check the dockets in various courtrooms as well as procedures for filing motions, stamping copies, paying fees, etc., the knowledge of which will help them when they begin to practice. As they do this, they also begin to integrate what they have learned in several law school classes, and apply that knowledge to solve real world problems.