Family law is an exploding field, with over 40 percent of trial court filings in Maryland relating to family law. In addition, family law cases are becoming extremely complex, as they so often involve social and behavioral issues, individuals in crisis, and efforts at alternative dispute resolution.
To help equip lawyers with the in-depth and cross-disciplinary knowledge they will need to excel in the field, the UB School of Law created the nation’s first post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law. It’s designed for new attorneys just beginning to practice family law, and for experienced practitioners seeking to add this expertise to their practice. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 1, 2019.
The 16-credit, five-course program is administered by the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at the UB School of Law. The program can be completed in 12 months, and classes are offered at times that accommodate work schedules. Hands-on and practical, it offers an interdisciplinary education in all aspects of family law, including child development, financial issues, advocacy and family psychology.
The summer capstone requires students to work through a family law case from start to finish. After completing his capstone this past summer, student Castell Abner said, “This is a great course. This is exactly what I wanted. I am getting my money’s worth. Every lawyer should have this experience.”
The certificate was developed by UB School of Law faculty in close collaboration with an advisory committee of leading practitioners and judges. The law school is widely recognized for the quality and breadth of its family law courses, clinical and experiential offerings, family law center, and the Family Law area of concentration within the J.D. program.