Family Law Concentration

PreLaw Top Family Law School 2021-22

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:

  • LAW 655 Family Law
  • LAW 715 Gender-based Violence and the Law Seminar
  • LAW 766 Domestic Violence Civil Clinic, or LAW 768 Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic, or LAW 714 Domestic Violence Field Placement

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

  • CRES 665 Family Mediation (offered thru CRES)
  • LAW 766 Domestic Violence Civil Clinic, or​​​​​ ​LAW 768 Domestic Violence Protective Order Clinic, or LAW 714 Domestic Violence Field Placement (option available if not used for required courses above)
  • LAW 714 Domestic Violence Field Placement
  • LAW 766 Advanced Domestic Violence Civil Clinic
  • LAW 714 Child Advocacy Field Placement
  • LAW 645 Oregon Practice & Procedure
  • LAW 760 Negotiation
  • LAW 637 Trusts & Estates I
  • LAW 627 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.