To earn the Certificate in Family and Juvenile Law, a student must earn 21 credits from the following courses designated as Required Courses, Electives, and Skills Courses and fulfill the writing requirement and courtroom observations requirements as set forth below. Students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses in the certificate program to complete the certificate requirements. Additionally, students must earn at least a grade of C+ in any individual course that is counted toward the certificate.
Students are encouraged to take Evidence and Pretrial Practice prior to enrolling in a clinic or an externship with a courtroom practice component.
An externship that satisfies the certificate skills course requirement must be substantially focused in a relevant area of practice and is subject to the approval of the Director of the Family Law and Children’s Law Center in addition to the approval of the externship by the Director of Experiential Learning.
In addition to the 21 hours required above, students must complete the writing requirement for the J.D. degree on a family law topic. The topic must be approved by the Director of the Family and Children’s Law Center in order for the paper submitted to satisfy the certificate requirements unless the paper is written in LAW 757 - Juvenile Legal Issues Seminar.
Students must observe at least 10 hours of courtroom proceedings involving family or juvenile law issues. Students may fulfill this requirement through either LAW 610 or LAW 612 . In other courses in which courtroom observation is a requirement of the course, students can count that time toward the certificate requirement of courtroom observation if that observation time involves family or juvenile law issues.
Students must apply for admission to the Certificate Program with the Director of the Family and Children’s Law Center. A student may apply for admission beginning with the registration period for the third semester of law school. However, no application may be made after the drop/add period in the students final semester.