To earn a certificate upon graduation, a law student must demonstrate satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
A. Required Core Courses
Achieve at least a 2.75 in the following two courses:
- Community Property (LAW 639)
- Family Law (LAW 612)
B. Elective Courses
1. Complete at least six (6) units (with a grade of 2.75 or better) in substantive courses relevant to family and juvenile law, including the following courses, any additional course that may be listed on the D2L site for the Certificate Program, or any additional course that is approved in advance by the Program Director.
- Bankruptcy & Related Issues (LAW 662A)
- Disability Law (LAW 614)
- Domestic Violence Seminar (LAW 696B)
- Education Law (LAW 656D)
- ERISA and Employee Benefits (LAW 695M)
- Estate Planning (LAW 696A)
- Estates and Trusts (LAW 619)
- Federal Income Tax (LAW 646)
- Gender and the Law (LAW 695B)
- Immigration Law (LAW 620)
- Juvenile Law (LAW 676A)
- Law and the Elderly (LAW 684)
- Poverty, Health, and Law (LAW 641B)
2. Complete at least three (3) units in courses relevant to the practice of family and juvenile law, including the following courses, any additional course that may be listed on the D2L site for the Certificate Program, or any additional course that is approved in advance by the Program Director.
- Accounting for Lawyers (LAW 644A)
- Advanced Family Law Practice/Drafting Seminar (LAW 613B)
- Advanced Legal Writing and Intro. to Appellate Advocacy (LAW 653A)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAW 696N)
- Basic Trial Advocacy (LAW 645A)
- Interviewing (LAW 665C)
- Mediation (LAW 680A)
- Mediation Advocacy (LAW 680C)
- Pre-Trial Litigation (LAW 668)
C. Interdisciplinary Study
Satisfactorily complete a minimum of three (3) units of graduate-level study from outside the Rogers College of Law in coursework that is relevant to the practice of family or juvenile law. If a student wishes to take a graduate-level course that is not listed below, he or she should obtain prior approval from the Program Director. Note: Law students must obtain permission to enroll in non-law courses from the course instructor or relevant department.
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC)
Problems in Child and Adolescent Development (FCSC 527C)
Working with Children (FCSC 523)
Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD)
Issues in Aging (FSHD 513)
Topics in Adolescent Health and Development (FSHD 601)
Topics in Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships (FSHD 604)
Topics in Family, Interpersonal Relationships and Well-Being (FSHD 602)
Topics in Social and Psychobiological Development in Childhood (FSHD 603)
Adult Development and Aging (PSY 559)
Developmental Psychopathology (PSY 583A)
Drugs, Brain and Behavior (PSY 513)
Psychology of Divorce (PSY 370) (graduate level option required)
Violence and Youth (PSY 558)
Gender and Society (SOC 555)
The Family (Soc 553)
D. Research and Writing
Complete a substantial research paper on a subject related to family or juvenile law, with the prior approval of the Program Director. This requirement can be fulfilled by writing a paper of sufficient quality and scope for a starred seminar, a student-initiated substantial paper supervised writing course, an independent study research project, or as a member of the Arizona Law Review or the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (if supervised by a faculty member or adjunct instructor). If the paper is graded, the student must receive at least a 2.75. If the paper is ungraded, the supervising faculty member must certify that the paper's quality is equivalent to at least a 2.75.
E. Experiential Learning
Complete either of the following:
- One semester of the Child and Family Law Clinic, Immigration Clinic, Veterans Clinic, Mortgage Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Law Clinic, Civil Rights Restoration Clinic, AZ Attorney General Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Criminal Prosecution Clinic, or other law clinic in which students represent or counsel clients; or
- An internship of at least 2 units in which the student has regular client contact, is supervised in the field by a lawyer or judicial officer, maintains a journal of activities for review by the supervising faculty member, and submits a reflection paper at the conclusion of the internship.
Attend a minimum of three (3) Family and Juvenile Law Program sessions, to be offered at the College of Law on a monthly basis. The monthly FJLP sessions vary in format but may consist of panel discussions with attorneys and mental health professionals, conversations with judges, presentations by academic researchers, or interactive exercises relating to the practice of family law or juvenile law. Students must submit a brief reaction paper (150-200 words) to the Program Director to receive credit for attending a session.
Students who are unable to attend three (3) FJLP sessions should consult with the Program Director in order to submit an alternate enrichment activity.