Family Law Concentration

The Concentration in Family Law introduces students to the breadth of the family law area with three required courses: Family Law, Domestic Violence Law and Children and the Law.  Through additional elective courses and practice experiences, students round out their education in the Family Law Area.  The final writing project provides students with an opportunity to more deeply explore an issue in family law under the guidance of faculty.

Contact

Director: Prof. Isabel Marcus

Administrative Assistant: Linda Kelly (lkelly@buffalo.edu)

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Requirements

All students interested in completing the Concentration in Family Law must:

  • Take Family Law, Domestic Violence Law, and Children and the Law/Child Welfare Law;
  • Complete a substantial writing project on a family law topic; and
  • Take 9 additional credits of coursework in Family Law. While we try to keep the course listings current, they are subject to change. If you are unsure whether a course you have taken or would like to take may count toward the Concentration, speak to Professor Marcus. 

Students may satisfy the Concentration’s writing requirement by:

  • Completing a paper for any seminar, regardless of subject matter, so long as the paper relates directly to family law. To qualify for the Concentration, paper topics must be jointly approved by the course instructor and Professor Marcus. If you choose to satisfy the Concentration’s writing requirement in a seminar that is not in the Family Law area, credits earned in that seminar will not count toward the Concentration.
  • Completing an independent student project that relates directly to family law. To qualify for the Concentration, paper topics must be jointly approved by the independent study advisor and by Professor Marcus.
  • Completing the writing requirements of the Attorney for the Child Externship. NOTE: In Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2016, there will not be a writing requirement for Attorney for the Child Externship. The writing requirement for the Family Law Concentration will have to be satisfied in one of the above two methods.

While many students may be interested in Family Law and take a variety of courses in the area, only students who apply and are accepted and complete the work required for the Concentration will receive a Certificate of Completion of the Family Law Concentration. Although no grade minimum is required for the basic course in Family Law, or the other credit requirement courses, transcripts will be considered as part of the application process for the Concentration.

How to Apply

Applications to the Concentration in Family Law are completed by the Registrar’s Office.

Application instructions can be found here.

For all other questions related to the Concentration, see Prof. Isabel Marcus.

Courses

Please note that course availability is subject to change.

Required Courses:

  • Children & the Law (offered Spring) or Child Welfare Law (last offered Fall 2013)
  • Domestic Violence Law (offered Fall 2015)
  • Family Law (offered Fall semesters only)

2016-17 Courses offered regularly:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Fall)
  • Advocacy in Mediation (Fall)
  • Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic (Fall & Spring)
  • Estate & Gift Tax (Fall)
  • Estate Planning (Spring)
  • Federal Income Taxation 1 (Fall & Spring)
  • Future Interests (Fall)
  • Genetics & the Law (Fall)
  • Gratuitous Transfers (Spring)
  • Independent Study (with approval from the director of the Family Law Concentration)
  • Law & Procreation (Fall)
  • Mediation Clinic (Fall & Spring)
  • Mediation Theory & Practice (Fall)
  • Privacy: Theories & History (Fall)
  • Problems in New York Practice (Fall)
  • Pro Se Litigation Practicum (offered Fall & Spring)
  • Sex, Disease, & the Law (Fall)
  • Social Security Disability Law (Spring)
  • Tax Policy (Fall)
  • Women’s International Human Rights (Spring)

Past Course(s):

  • Attorney for the Child Externship
  • Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic
  • Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic [now Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic; see 2016-17 Courses Offered Regularly]
  • Law & Sexuality
  • Law & Social Change: Struggles Over Reproductive Rights & Marriage Equality