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Family Law

Family law explores issues relating to families and domestic relationships. As the legal definition of a family changes, students will explore the creation, recognition, and dissolution of families, as well as child advocacy, elder law, and estates and trusts.

Interested in family law? Consider participating in the Chance at Childhood clinic, providing legal representation to children, advocating for their rights and best interests. The student-run Family Law Society also provides an opportunity to explore careers and community projects associated with family law.

Courses Credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution 2, 3
Basic Income Taxation* 2
Basic Will Drafting 3
Child Advocacy 2
Civil Trial Advocacy I or II 2 (each course)
Client Counseling 2-3
Comparative Family Law Seminar 2
Criminal Trial Advocacy I or II 2 (each course)
Decedents’ Estates & Trusts* 4
Directed Study 2, 3
Domestic Violence Seminar 2
Elder Law 2
Family Dissolution Seminar 2
Family Law I: Marriage & Divorce 3
Family Law II: Child, Family and the State 3
Juvenile Law 2
Matrimonial Practice* 3
Negotiation 2
Seminar in Law and Social Work 3

*These courses are strongly recommended for students who plan to practice divorce law.

For more information, contact:

Professor Cynthia Lee Starnes
517-432-6899
starnesc@law.msu.edu

Professor Melanie B. Jacobs
517-432-6944
melanie.jacobs@law.msu.edu


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