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Family Law

This focus area exposes students to a wide variety of family law matters, including the creation, recognition, and dissolution of families; child advocacy; elder law; and estates and trusts.

Courses Credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution 2, 3
Basic Income Taxation* 2
Basic Will Drafting 3
Child Advocacy 2
Civil Trial Advocacy I or II 2 (each course)
Client Counseling 2-3
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
Elder Law 2
Family Dissolution Seminar 2
Family Law I: Marriage & Divorce 3
Family Law II: Child, Family and the State 3
Juvenile Law 2
Matrimonial Practice* 3
Negotiation 2
Seminar in Law and Social Work 3

*These courses are strongly recommended for students who plan to practice divorce law.

For more information, contact:

Professor Cynthia Lee Starnes
517-432-6899
starnesc@law.msu.edu

Professor Melanie B. Jacobs
517-432-6944
melanie.jacobs@law.msu.edu


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