Explore Family and Child Advocacy Law

Learning to navigate the law and family relationships.
 

Through the Family Law curriculum, you will be prepared to become a successful practitioner in the complex and rewarding world of family law and domestic relations. The comprehensive, interdisciplinary program offers engaging classes, practical skills training through clinics and externships, and policy and research writing opportunities. Our faculty literally wrote the books on this topic. The core family law curriculum taught at law schools across the country was written by the professors you will engage with daily at Oregon Law.

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

  • Private law firm
  • Legal Aid

Selected Family and Child Advocacy Law Coursework


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Torts 
•  Contracts 
•  Civil Procedure
•  Constitutional Law I
•  Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Required and recommended bar prep courses
• Evidence
• Constitutional Law II 
• Children and the Law
• Domestic Violence Seminar
• Family Law
• Family Law Policy

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Legal Profession
• Business Associations
• Children and the Law
• Family Law in the World Community
• Oregon Practice and Procedures
• Trusts and Estates I
• Elder Law

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Core Faculty


Leslie Harris
Co-author of Family Law textbook and numerous
articles about nontraditional families, family property
rights and support duties, helped draft the Oregon
paternity law statutes


 
Merle Weiner
Wrote the first U.S. casebook on international
and comparative family law



Caroline Forell
Founding member of the Lane County Domestic
Violence Council with experience arguing state
Supreme Court cases affecting women

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Practical Skills Training  


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Legal Research and Writing (Ranked #4 in the nation)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
 •  Negotiation
•   Interview and Counsel
•   Trial Practice
•   Domestic Violence Civil Clinic

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•   Litigation Practice and Procedure
•   Adv. Domestic Violence Civil Clinic
•   Adv. Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY

Mike Quillin
Kathryn Moakley
Suzanne Rowe
Elizabeth Frost

Megan McA!pin
Joan Rocklin 

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Professional Development


At Oregon Law, we take your future seriously. As a law student, you will take a required professional development seminar your first year, and you will receive individualized, tailored professional development coaching from a professional who will guide you to make strong career choices throughout your time at Oregon Law. 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•   Professional Development Seminar
•   Explore family law practice areas
•   Meet with career counselor
•   Join UO Law on Linkedln
•   Summer experience, examples: Oregon DOJ, Legal Aid Volunteer

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•   Narrow career exploration to specific employers/locations
•   Seek out networking opportunities
•   Attend Oregon State Bar family law section annual meeting

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•   Apply for jobs and post-JD opportunities

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Family and Child Advocacy Law Extracurriculars
 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•   Child and Family Law Association
•   Women's law Forum

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•   Attend meetings of family law section of Lane County Bar Association
•   Attend Oregon Child Advocacy Project programs

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•   Join the Family Law section of the ABA as a student member

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