I. Fundamentals

Two of three courses required

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

Students may satisfy the Family Law I course requirement by participating in either of the family law clinics, i.e., the Remington center's Family Law Project (a prison-based clinical program) or the Economic Justice Institute's Family Court Clinic.

II. Advanced Principles

Two 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.
  • Guardian ad Litem Practice in Wisconsin
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

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 Clinic (EJI)
  • Family Law Project (Remington Center)
  • Domestic Violence Externship
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Negotiations and Mediation
  • Pre-Trial Advocacy
  • Client Interviewing and Counseling
  • Lawyering Skills (7 credits; Spring Term with Prof. Viney)
  • Trial Advocacy 
  • VOCA Restraining Order Clinic         

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
  • Real Estate
  • Intro to Estate Planning

V. Elective Courses

Students are required to take an additional two 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
  • Politics and Equality
  • Immigration Law
  • Negotiations and Mediation
  • Pre-Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

Additional Requirements

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 tlbrito@wisc.edu.

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