Family Law Certificate, Law (JD)

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To earn a Certificate in Family Law, a student must complete the 86 semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD degree, a student must complete 15 credit hours from the courses listed below, including two required courses and at least three elective courses.

An applicant must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in certificate courses. If a student takes more than 15 hours of courses from the approved list, all grades earned in those courses will be factored into the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement for the Certificate.

Previously taught courses, courses offered in other DePaul Colleges, and new courses and seminars that may be added to the curriculum may qualify for the Certificate with approval.

Students may apply for only one Certificate. 

For more information, contact Faculty Certificate Director for Family Law, Katie Liss.

Required Courses

Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 509FAMILY LAW3
Select one advanced writing requirement course from the following:3
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (approved topic)
INDEPENDENT STUDY (approved topic)
LEGAL DRAFTING (approved topic)

Elective Courses

Course Title Semester Hours
Select at least one course from the following practice-based courses:2-3
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRACTICUM
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
LEGAL CLINIC I (Family Law or Mediation as Advocate)
MEDIATION (Family Law)
LEGAL CLINIC II (Family Law or Mediation as Advocate)
EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (approved placement)
Additional Elective Courses:
CHILDREN'S HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW
BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS FOR LAWYERS
WILLS AND TRUSTS
JUVENILE JUSTICE
ADOPTION LAW
FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF DIVORCE
ESTATE PLANNING
EDUCATION LAW & POLICY
CHILDREN & THE LAW
FAMILY LAW AND THE JEWISH TRADITION
ELDER LAW
DISABILITY LAW
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS