Law 317 - Family Law
M.A. George Washington University, 1980
J.D. Georgetown Universtiy Law Center, 1975
This four-credit survey course on Family Law introduces students to marriage and divorce (including child custody, property division, spousal maintenance, and child support); civil union, domestic partnership, and unmarried couples; domestic violence; neglected, abused, and dependent children; adoption; definitions of family; parentage outside of marriage; and constitutional issues in family law. There will be special attention to issues of gender, race, class, and sexual orientation. Students will conduct a simulation of negotiating a separation agreement between a divorcing husband and wife. Memoranda written in conjunction with that simulation will constitute 50% of the grade in the course and a short final exam will constitute the other 50%. This course is not preparation for the California bar exam. There is only a small amount of overlap between the topics in this course and those covered in Special Topics in Family Law: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families with Children. There are no prerequisites but students who have not completed Constitutional Law should expect to do some extra reading assigned by the Professor.