Family Law & Estate Planning

This cluster of courses investigates the role of the law in family matters and the inheritance of wealth.

JD candidates may earn Recognition of a JD Concentration in Family Law. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits from an approved list of courses maintained by the Family Law Concentration Coordinator, including Family Law (6348), at least two credits of experiential learning,* and a supplemental requirement that could be satisfied either by writing an approved paper or successfully completing the Family Law Pro Bono Program, and writing  a shorter paper. 

In addition to the courses listed below, credits earned through study abroad programs, additional courses, and relevant moot court competitions may also qualify, with approval of the Family Law Concentration Coordinator.  Students are expected to consult with the Coordinator in advance, and provide proof after completion, to ensure that the program, course, or moot court competition qualifies toward the Concentration requirements.  The Concentration Coordinator will provide students with additional information on fulfilling Concentration requirements.

Fill out the Family Law Concentration Form

For more information, please contact Family Law Concentration Coordinator Laurie S. Kohn at [email protected].


Courses

Foundation Courses

  • Trusts and Estates (6342)
  • Family Law (6348)
  • Family, Child, and State (6349)

Advanced Courses

  • Trusts, Estates, and Professional Responsibility (6343)
  • Estate Planning and Drafting (6346)
  • Domestic Violence Law (6350)
  • Family Law Seminar (6352)
  • Elder Law (6353)
  • Sexuality and the Law (6394)
  • International Family Law (6533)
  • Feminist Legal Theory (6608)
  • Family Justice Litigation Clinic (6624)
  • Legal Drafting (Family Law) (6652-12)
  • Domestic Violence Project (6674)

*Full requirements concerning credit for experiential learning are available from the Coordinator.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS