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Family Law (Spring 2018)

  • Course Number: LAW-623
  • Class Number: 03263
  • Instructor: Anne Kiley

Course Description

Domestic relations laws impact most people, directly or indirectly, at some point in their lives.  Family Law issues intersect many areas of law, and basic knowledge of family law can benefit an attorney both personally and professionally.  This course is an overview of substantive California Family Law, with the focus on the application of the law.    The practice of Family Law is challenging.  The objective of the class is to provide skills to the students which will permit them to practice Family Law in California at a junior associate level.    Any student who thinks he or she may be interested in Family Law will find this course very useful, including in deciding whether to pursue the practice of Family Law.  The class focuses on discovery propounded and pleadings filed in California Family Law proceeding.   The subject matter of the course includes pre-marital agreements, post-marital and transmutation agreements, fiduciary duties in the family law context, child support and custody, spousal support and litigation fees and costs as these issues arise in proceedings for dissolution of marriage and parentage actions.  While community property laws will be discussed, the focus of the course is not an in depth exploration of community property.  This course is appropriate both for students who have taken a community property course, and those who have not.  The differences in the law and the approach to issues pending trial (“pendente lite” issues), issues at trial, and issues post-Judgment will be explored through fictitious cases, with the students being given work assignments in those cases.  Grades will be based on written assignments and in class participation and presentations, all of which will measure the student’s ability to identify issues, determine and analyze relevant law, and prepare clear and effective pleadings and presentations.   There will be two graded written assignments.    Assignments from prior years will be reviewed in class in detail.   

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: M 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Room Number: Room 2
  • Exam: Assignments and presentations
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required and graded