General Course Requirements


Students must apply and be accepted for admission to the certificate program. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in their law school career.


Students must meet all graduation requirements of the College of Law.

Concentration Requirement: At least 20 of the credits must be earned in courses designated in the Curriculum Requirements as set out below.

G.P.A. requirement

Students must achieve an average equivalent of 3.0 in 15 of the 20 credits earned in courses designated. There is no over all grade point average requirement beyond that required of the J.D. degree.

Courses previously completed

Courses previously completed (and meeting the grade requirements noted above) by students subsequently admitted into the program will be credited toward satisfaction of the concentration requirements.

Conferences with Program Coordinator

To be eligible for the certificate upon graduation, students must meet prior to each registration period with the Program Coordinator (Ms. Debbie Kelley Willis) to fill out registration priority forms and to ensure that they are on schedule to complete all the requirements.


Required Fundamental Courses: Students must successfully complete these two:

  • Perspectives on Family Law (4 credits)
  • Child Parent & State (3 credits)


Required Advanced Courses: Students must successfully complete at least one of the following:

  • Adoption
  • Behavioral Science and the Law
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Law
  • Comparative Family Law
  • Family Policy
  • International Children’s Rights
  • Juvenile Justice
  • United Family Court


Required Skills Course: Students must successfully complete:

  • One Clinic or Externship
    (eligible clinics include IPVAC, Gator TeamChild, Mediation Clinic and Family Advocacy Clinic, and eligible externships include 8th Circuit Family Court, Child Welfare, Legal Services and other appropriate externships approved by the Director)

Plus one of the following:

  • Cross Cultural Counseling
  • Interviewing Counseling and Negotiation
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Tools of Awareness


In addition to the courses listed above, the following electives may be used to complete the required 20 credits or, in appropriate cases, substituted for a comparable required course with the Director’s approval.

  • Affordable Housing Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Bioethics
  • Disability Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Economics of the Family
  • Education Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Federal Courts
  • Gender and the Law
  • Genetics & the Law
  • Health Law
  • History of Women in the Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Human Side of Lawyering
  • Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Law & Psychiatry
  • The Law of Sex and Sexual Orientation
  • Legal History (Wright only)
  • Poverty Law
  • Race and Race Relations Law
  • Social Justice Lawyering
  • Statutory Interpretation

Any multidisciplinary course elsewhere in the University deemed by the Director to be appropriate based on the student’s overall record and goals may be added to this list. This may include appropriate graduate level courses 5000 and above in other departments or colleges (for example Education, Psychology, Family Youth and Community Sciences).

Seminar and Writing Requirement

Students must successfully complete an advanced writing project or other approved project (such as a family law brief, advocacy family-related public policy et.) seminar, or in another seminar or independent study approved by the Director.

* Certificate students will receive registration priority for core courses only.