Family Law Practice

If you intend to specialize in family law or plan to enter a general practice, which typically involves a significant family law component, you should take the courses listed below. They will help you develop your understanding of substantive family law, as well as areas of law which intersect with family law. In addition, these courses will help you develop skills critical to effective practice in the area. Most family law practice involves some trial work, as well as appearances before special masters and, increasingly, alternative dispute resolution. In addition, family practice involves frequent client contact, so you should take courses designed to develop your interpersonal skills.

General Courses

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Bankruptcy
  • Because of Sex: Sex Discrimination
  • Decedents' Estates & Trusts
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Interviewing/Counseling
  • Introduction to Federal Tax
  • Law & Psychology
  • Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Pennsylvania Civil Procedure
  • Trial Advocacy
    • Intensive Trial Advocacy
    • Trial Practice Competition
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy


Practical Writing Courses

  • Legal Writing 3 (LW3): Litigation
    •  2nd Year students only. Students must complete this course or LW3: Transactional before taking a Practical Writing course
  • Advanced Legal Writing (6th Semester Legal Writing course)
  • Civil Pretrial Practice
  • Contract Drafting
  • Divorce Practice & Procedure
  • Family Wealth Planning
  • Litigation Drafting
  • Representing Closely Held Business Entities
  • Wealth Planning

Research Paper Courses

  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Education Law
  • Privacy Law Seminar
  • Public Interest Lawyering
  • Retirement Policy
  • Sexuality & the Law


Clinics & Externships

  • Civil Justice Clinic
  • Bardsley Group (mediation)
  • Defender Associaiton of Philadelphia—Child Advocacy Unit
  • Education Law Center Externship
  • Family Court externships
  • Juvenile Law Center
  • Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Externship
  • Senior Law Center Externship



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