Family Law Concentration

Family Law

Through the Family Law concentration curriculum, you will be prepared to become a successful practitioner in the complex and rewarding world of domestic relations. The comprehensive, interdisciplinary program offers engaging classes, practical skills training through clinics and externships, and policy and research writing opportunities.


To complete the requirements of the concentration, you must complete with a B- or better (P for clinic) all of the following courses:

  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • Children and the Law
  • Domestic Violence Civil Clinic or Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic

You must also satisfactorily complete nine (9) credit hours from the following courses:

  • Child Development and the Law
  • Family Mediation (offered through CRES)
  • Domestic Violence Civil Clinic or Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic (if not used as a required course above)
  • Advanced Domestic Violence Civil Clinic or Advanced Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic
  • Child Advocacy Field Placement
  • Elder Law
  • Oregon Practice and Procedure
  • Negotiation
  • Trusts and Estates I
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Accounting for Lawyers

The offering of any of these courses will depend on teacher availability and reasonable enrollment demand. The Law School does not guarantee that you will be able to satisfy the requirements necessary for obtaining the Concentration.

In addition to completing the curriculum referenced above, you must write a high quality professional academic research paper on a topic concerning family law. The paper must be of sufficient depth and quality to satisfy, and may be used to satisfy, the Law School’s upper-level writing requirement. This paper requirement may be fulfilled by an independent writing project or the writing requirement for a course or writing for the law review/journal. You must receive advance approval of your topic from a member of the Family Law Certification Committee.

A full list of requirements and procedures is available to current students in MyLaw. The information contained on this page is only a summary of the academic requirements.

For specific course requirements for individual concentrations, please go to “Forms” under the Registrar’s tab in MyLaw.

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