Curriculum Guide · Courses
Family Law: A Domestic Violence Perspective
Dean Epstein and Professor Tsoukala
J.D. Course 1041 | 4 credit hours
This course examines the legal regulation of the domestic relationships of adults, married and unmarried. Topics covered include marriage and other intimate relationships, divorce, custody disputes, alimony, child support, and division of property. Please note that there is a midterm examination for this course, which consists in a divorce negotiation exercise. The midterm counts for 50% of your final grade. For the purposes of the exercise you will be required to meet once outside of the classroom with your partner in preparation for the negotiation and once more with your partner and opposing counsels in preparation of the final settlement agreement.
Recommended: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights and Liberties.
Students may not concurrently enroll in this seminar and an externship or a clinic (except Street Law) or another practicum course. Students may not receive credit for both this course and Family Law (LAWJ-588).
Students who wish to receive credit for the Externship Seminar and an experiential learning course that has the same field placement may do so only if: (1) the experiential learning course is taken in a semester following the Externship Seminar; and (2) the student receives permission from the Assistant or the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs. To receive such permission, the student must explain in writing how the experiential learning course field work would serve substantially different learning goals than did their externship field placement. THIS IS AN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING COURSE. This section is a combination of the 3 credit Family Law I: Marriage and Divorce course (LAWJ-173-07) and a 1 credit experiential learning component. This is a 4 credit course. Three credits will be awarded for the three hour course and 1 credit will be awarded for approximately 5 hours of supervised work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. Note: The seminar portion will be graded. The 1 credit of supervised work is mandatory pass/fail and counts toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit. Students will be allowed to take another course pass/fail in the same semester as the supervised work. Note: There is a graded midterm exercise in this course.