Family Law Concentration

I. Fundamentals (both courses required)

  • Family Law: Marriage & Divorce (formerly 'Family Law I')
  • Family Law: Parent & Child (formerly 'Family Law II')

Students may satisfy the Family Law I course requirement by participating in either of the family law clinics, i.e., LAIP’s “Family Law Project” (a prison-based clinical program) or the Family Court Assistance Project.

II. Advanced Principles (one of these courses)

  • Marital Property Law
  • Adoption Law and Policy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Selected Problems in Family Law: Interdisciplinary Family Law Practice
  • other Selected Problems in Family Law (Law 939) course designated as fulfilling “Advanced Principles” requirements.

III. Simulation and Experiential Component

Students are required to complete a minimum of six credits of simulation and/or experiential course work. They can satisfy the requirement by participating in:

  • Family Court Assistance Project
  • LAIP’s Family Law Project (a prison-based clinical program)
  • Domestic Violence Externship
  • Mediation Clinic

Students may also take one or more of the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • - Client Interviewing and Counseling
  • - Lawyering Skills (7 credits; Spring Term with Prof. Viney)
  • - Trial Advocacy            

IV. Economics of Family Law
Family lawyers must have a grasp of the many issues involved in family law and must also have a working knowledge of tax, estate planning and business law. Students must take at least one of the following courses:

  • Tax I 
  • Trusts and Estates I

V. Elective Courses

Students are required to take an additional six credits of course work from elective courses related to Family Law:

  • Children, Law and Society
  • Directed Reading/Directed Research (w/Family Law topic)
  • Evidence
  • Guardian Ad Litem Practice in Wisconsin
  • Juvenile Justice Administration
  • Law and People with Disabilities
  • Law and the Elderly
  • Poverty Law
  • Selected Problems in Family Law
  • Sexual Orientation and the Constitution
  • Use of Trusts in Estate Planning

Student earning a 3.5 cumulative average in courses fulfilling Family Law Concentration requirements will receive Honors in the Concentration.  If you believe you qualify for honors in the concentration, you need to submit along with your transcript a calculation of your GPA in the courses fulfilling the concentration, showing that your cumulative GPA in those courses is 3.5 or higher.

Questions with respect to the above Concentration requirements should be sent to Professor Tonya Brito at

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