Family law explores issues relating to families and domestic relationships. As the legal definition of a family changes, students will explore the creation, recognition, and dissolution of families, as well as child advocacy, elder law, and estates and trusts.
Interested in family law? Consider participating in the Chance at Childhood clinic, providing legal representation to children, advocating for their rights and best interests. The student-run Family Law Society also provides an opportunity to explore careers and community projects associated with family law.
Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Professor of Law
Professor Jacobs shares her enthusiasm for family law with MSU Law students, showing them the broader relationship between law, policy, and culture. Bringing current events into the classroom helps her students see the relevance of abstract laws and policies.
|Alternative Dispute Resolution||2, 3|
|Basic Income Taxation*||2|
|Basic Will Drafting||3|
|Civil Trial Advocacy I or II||2 (each course)|
|Comparative Family Law Seminar||2|
|Criminal Trial Advocacy I or II||2 (each course)|
|Decedents’ Estates & Trusts*||4|
|Directed Study||2, 3|
|Domestic Violence Seminar||2|
|Family Dissolution Seminar||2|
|Family Law I: Marriage & Divorce||3|
|Family Law II: Child, Family and the State||3|
|Seminar in Law and Social Work||3|
* These courses are strongly recommended for students who plan to practice divorce law.