UB launches nation’s first Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law

The University of Baltimore School of Law and the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) are proud to announce the launch of the nation’s first post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law.

Classes will begin in the Fall 2017 semester.

The program addresses a growing demand for a family law curriculum that offers a holistic blend of theory and practice. In 2015, nearly half of Maryland’s trial court filings — 43 percent — consisted of family law cases. With a rise in the number of self-represented litigants, and taking into consideration the multiple health and social issues experienced by families in crisis, family law cases have become ever more complex. In addition, the present shift away from family law litigation toward alternative dispute resolution requires that family law attorneys gain an interdisciplinary education.

The post-J.D. program is designed for new attorneys beginning to practice family law and for attorneys seeking to add family law expertise to their practice areas. The curriculum provides the specific skills, knowledge and experiences attorneys need to meet the complex challenges that family law cases often present.

Visit the program’s website.

The 16-credit program can be completed over 12 months, or students can take individual classes and finish the program at their own pace. Faculty include UB law professors, as well as attorneys and judges who bring decades of real-world insight and experience to the classroom. Courses for the Fall 2017 semester are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings.

  • Fall 2017 classes:  Psychology, Child Development and Mental Health in Family Law Matters (3 credits), Financial Foundations for Family Lawyers (3 credits)
  • Spring 2018 classes: The Craft of Problem-Solving and Advocacy in Family Law (3 credits), Understanding the Business of Practicing Family Law (3 credits)
  • Summer 2018 capstone: Working Through a Family Law Case—Start to Finish (4 credits)

The post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law curriculum offers an interdisciplinary education in all aspects of family law and family psychology. The courses also provide opportunities for students to gain real-world experience. The program reflects the deep commitment of the UB School of Law to both theory and practice, and it builds on the quality and breadth of the law school’s family law courses, clinical and experiential offerings, and the Family Law Area of Concentration.

Applications are being accepted now for classes starting in the Fall 2017 semester. Financial aid is available.

For more information or to apply online, visit the program’s website or contact the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at 410-837-5615 or CFCC@ubalt.edu.

Learn about the CFCC and Professor Barbara Babb, its founder and director.

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