Children and Family Law

  • According to the American Bar Association, state trial courts report nearly 5 million cases in the United States involving domestic relations. While this number continues to grow, the number of attorneys with specialized training in Children and Family Law lags in comparison. Students who have developed an interest in law, due to a desire to help, serve and assist families, should consider Capital's concentration in Children and Family Law.

    The Children and Family Law concentration is a broad-based program and curriculum. It allows students the opportunity to gain experience in standard family law practice areas such as divorce and child custody and also more specialized areas such as juvenile justice, adoption law, school law, elder law, and sexual orientation and the law. In fact, the adoption law course at Capital is the only course in adoption law regularly taught at an American law school.

    The Children and Family Law concentration is linked with the Law School's National Center for Adoption Law and Policy and the Family Advocacy Clinic. Both of these organizations allow Capital students opportunities for practical experience in the area of family law.

    Capital Law now offers Adoption, Child Welfare, and Juvenile Law Fellowships to students admitted to the Law School. More Information  

    Requirements:

    11 credit hours of course work are required to obtain a certificate in this concentration. Students must also maintain a minimum 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration.
     

    Required Courses: 

    Family Law

    At least two of the following:
    Adoption Law
    Elder Law
    Juvenile Law
    Sexual Orientation and the Law
    Family Advocacy Clinic

    Elective Courses:
    Administrative Law
    Legislation
    School Law
    Mediation
    Dispute Resolution
    Estates and Trusts

    For more information on the Children & Family Law concentration, please contact Professor Angela Upchurch.