Family Law

Please Note: This concentration is only an option for students enrolled prior to the Fall 2016 semester.

Duquesne University law school offers a Family Law Concentration for those students who have a desire to help, serve, and assist families. The Family Law Concentration provides students with opportunities to focus their studies on family law through both traditional course work and experiential learning.

Students are able establish an expertise in standard family law practice areas such as marriage, divorce, child custody, and support. Students can also study more specialized areas of family law such as adoption and juvenile law. Finally, the Family Law Concentration provides students with the opportunity to expand their study of the family to other areas of law that often intersect with family including estate planning, gender studies, and work-life balance.

Strongly Recommended Courses

Allegheny County Bar Foundation - Parent Advocates Externship [3 limited credits, clinical] 
Children and the Law [3] 
Estates and Trusts [3] 
Family Law [3] 
Family Law Clinic [3 limited credit, clinical; was titled Pro Se Motions Specialized Externship Program]
Gender and the Law: Current Topics [2] 
KidsVoice Progaram [3 limited credits, clinical; was titled Pro Se Motions Specialized Externship Program] 
Neighborhood Legal Services General Externship [3 limited credits, clinical; was titlted Pro Se Motions Specialized Externship Program] 

It is recommended that students take one of the clinical courses listed as strongly suggested, not all.

Other Courses

Doctrinal Courses 

Basic Federal Income Taxation [3] 
Canon Law [2] 
Employee Benefits [2] 
Employment Discrimination [2] 
Employment Law [3] 
Employment Rights of the Individual Worker [2]
Independent Research [1 to 3, paper - with approval]
Introduction to Jewish Law [2] 
Islamic Law [3, paper] 
Pennsylvania Civil Procedure [2] 
Work-Life Law [2 hours] 
Work-Life Law Writing Seminar [3 hours]
Work-Life Seminar [3, paper; not offered since 2012-2013]

Skills and Clinical Courses

Allegheny County Solicitor's Externship on Interstate Collection and Enforcement of Support Obligations [3, limited credits, clinical] 
Alternative Dispute Resolution [2] 
Art of Mediation: Theory and Practice [2] 
Deposition Skills [2] 
Expert Evidence [3] 
Moot Court (classroom component) [1] 
Negotiation Skills [2] 
Pleading and Discovery Skills [2] 
Trial Advocacy [3, limited credits]

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