The Nation’s First Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law — Now Offered Online

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 increasingly 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 need to excel in the field, the UB School of Law created the nation’s first and only post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law in 2017. With the Fall 2019 semester, this innovative curriculum is offered fully online. “Given the extraordinary response students have had to the program, we wanted to make it accessible to students nationwide and to build an expanding community of family law practitioners who bring a holistic and problem-solving approach to resolving to family law matters,” explained the program’s director, Professor Barbara Babb.

Interested students can apply now—applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until classes are filled.

students with laptopsThe certificate program is designed for new attorneys just beginning to practice family law and for experienced practitioners seeking to add this expertise to their practice. The fast-paced curriculum blends theory and practice and offers knowledge and skills that lawyers can use immediately through a hands-on, real-world experiential curriculum.

Financial aid is available to students in the program who meet credit requirements for federal financial aid: 6 credits in spring or fall, 4 credits in summer. Applicants who meet the program’s advanced standing requirements may request a course waiver for “The Craft of Problem-Solving and Advocacy in Family Law.”

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. Hands-on and practical, it offers an interdisciplinary education in all aspects of family law, including child development, financial issues, advocacy, and the business aspects of a family law practice . An optional independent study allows students to design a clinical experience, internship, or research project tailored to their unique career interests.

The summer capstone requires students to work through a family law case from start to finish. After completing his capstone in 2018, 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.

Please direct questions about the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law to Prof. Barbara Babb, director of the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law, at 410.837.5661, or


About University of Baltimore School of Law

The University of Baltimore School of Law provides a rigorously practical education, combining doctrinal coursework, intensive writing instruction, nationally renowned clinics and community-based learning to ensure that its graduates are exceptionally well prepared to practice law.
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