Fall or spring semester: 3 credits
In the Family Law Clinic, students are responsible for a divorce case and a domestic violence case referred to the clinic by a legal service organization. Students interview clients, prepare pleadings, prepare clients for court appearances, represent clients in court, and take all other actions necessary on their clients’ behalf. Through cases, class discussions, assignments, and related work, the clinic provides an essential practical overview of how to handle various family law matters. Students gain an appreciation of how the actions, communications and judgment of a person handling a family law matter affect the well-being of each member of a client’s family, not only during the course of representation, but for years to come. At the same time, they gain an appreciation of how race, gender and class affect outcomes. It is strongly recommended that students take the following courses prior to participating in this clinic: Evidence; Trial Advocacy; either Law and the Family Unit or Marital Dissolution Process. The Family Law Clinic counts as a practicum for the family law certificate.