For Students


DePaul College of Law offers 20 to 26 family law courses, perhaps more than any other law school in the nation. Although the curriculum is constantly changing, current courses include:

  • Adoption Law
  • Advanced Issues in Divorce Practice
  • Advanced Mediation
  • Child Protection: Abuse & Neglect
  • Criminal Juvenile Justice
  • Disability Law
  • Elder Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Field Placement Program
  • Housing Law
  • Law & the Family Unit
  • Legal Clinic: Asylum/Immigration
  • Legal Clinic: Family Law
  • Legal Clinic: Special Education Advocacy
  • Legal Drafting: Family Law
  • Marital Dissolution Process
  • Mediation
  • Poverty Law
  • Restorative Justice
  • Seminar: Children & the Law
  • Seminar: Comparative Family Law
  • Seminar: Sexual Trafficking
  • Seminar: Special Education
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation & the Law
  • Solo & Small Practice
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Women & the Law

Selective Legal Writing Section

The College of Law offers a first-year LARC section specializing in child and family law. While the students in this specialized section complete the same course requirements as students in the general legal writing sections, many of their assignments are drawn from a child and family-centric perspective. Problem topics vary widely from juvenile justice, child abuse/neglect and education to adoption, divorce, disability and elder law, domestic violence and sexual exploitation. The child and family-focused curriculum introduces students to every facet of the legal reasoning process while simultaneously providing them with the practical skills they need to work in this challenging and ever-changing area of the law.

Family Law