Have you ever thought about going into a different area of law from what you are doing now? Are you perhaps wishing you had taken more Family Law courses in Law School? This year, The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts has created the first-of-its-kind, post-J.D. certificate for attorneys who are interested in practicing family law.
The program starts this fall, and will consist of three semesters a year (fall, spring, and summer). It is intended for both new attorneys beginning to practice family law and for attorneys seeking to add family law expertise to their practice areas. As a family law attorney, and a graduate of UB, I can attest to the value of taking family law courses before adding them to your practice.
This is a full certification program that will take a year to complete, or if you want to space out the credits to go at your own pace that appears to be an option as well. From their materials, here is a sample of the types of courses offered in this program:
Fall 2017 classes:
Child Development and Mental Health in Family Law Matters
Financial Foundations for Family Lawyers
Spring 2018 classes:
The Craft of Problem-Solving and Advocacy in Family Law
Understanding the Business of Practicing Family Law
Summer 2018 capstone:
Working Through a Family Law Case—Start to Finish
This new certification came about as a result of a practitioners’ advisory workgroup comprised of UB law professors, CFCC staff, judges, attorneys and other professionals who are experts in the field of family law. The workgroup examined the feasibility of the program and collaborated with UB law faculty to design the curriculum.
As an attorney who has been practicing family law for more than six years (13 if you count my pre-J.D. experience working at family law firms), I can tell you that when both attorneys know the ins and outs of family law, not only does it makes the judges’ job easier, but it increases the probability of the parties settling out of court, which should make everyone happier, especially your clients.
If you are new to the field of law or if you think you are interested in focusing your practice more in the realm of family law, this program is for you. If you have any questions about practicing family law, or about UB Law, feel free to comment below or contact me personally.