Family Law (Adv.) Divorce |
Advanced Family Law is a practicum oriented class. This class has some lecture components, but there will be significant practicum aspects for students interested in learning about the practice of family law. Students will need to be somewhat self-directed: some assignments will be given without extensive prior explanation, so that students can show their ability to understand and apply statutes and rules to draft pleadings and motions.
This class is limited to 12 students. There is no course book, and there will be no exams. There are 12 practicum projects (6 pass/fail, 6 graded) and class participation that will make up the grade for this class. Students will gain a general knowledge of family law in the divorce context, and more specifically the substantive and procedural aspects of dispute resolution oriented domestic relations practice. The subjects generally covered will be divorce; custody and child support jurisdiction (intrastate and interstate); domestic case procedures; meeting with and managing your client; working with opposing counsel; temporary status conferences and agreements; domestic violence; discovery and use of experts; unbundled legal services; access to justice issues; and the permanent orders (final orders in the divorce); with a particular focus on the issues of allocation of parental responsibility (custody); division of property; tax issues in divorce; maintenance (spousal support); child support; mediation; and attorney's fees. There are family lawyers in the community who will be acting as coaches for the students relating to certain assigned projects. There are legal, psychological and financial experts in various disciplines who will be assisting the professors throughout the semester, and with the final mediation project.
Prerequisites: Family Law (L4240)
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)