Family law practice addresses some of the most basic and emotionally significant issues in society. What relationships are entitled to special legal recognition and protection? What rights and responsibilities inhere within these relationships? What practical measures must be taken when legally protected relationships dissolve? The courses in this area provide students with the background required to enter this practice and also to engage in the critical policy debates around these topics.

Faculty who teach in this area

Foundational course

  • Family Law (3 cr)

Valuable courses

  • Community Property (2 cr)
  • Elder Law (3 cr)

Experiential learning courses in this field

  • Applied Domestic Violence Practicum (3 cr)
  • Applied Family Law Practicum (3 cr)
  • Estate and Disability Planning Clinic (4 cr)
  • Mediation Skills (3 cr)
  • Negotiations (3 cr)

Other courses of interest

  • Bankruptcy (3 cr)
  • Estate Planning (3 cr)
  • Poverty Law (3 cr)
  • Public Benefits Law (3 cr)


Brooke D. Coleman
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law
Sullivan Hall 210I