Course Description

601:564. FAMILIES ACROSS BORDERS (3 or 4) W/S


Freedman


Professional Responsibility is a pre- or co-requisite.

Limited Enrollment 8 students


Permission of the instructor required to enroll in this course at the same time as another hybrid clinic, advanced clinic or externship.


Exclusion: Students cannot simultaneously enroll in this course and a six credit clinical offering or the Marshall-Brennan program.


This is a hybrid clinical and skills course with a strong substantive family law component, in which students will develop skills in interviewing and counseling, an introduction to several bodies of law relevant to the travel of family members across domestic and international borders, and significant understanding of interstate and international child custody law and practice.

All students will complete short writing assignments and participate in interviewing and counseling simulations and prepare materials in interstate custody law for professionals who work with victims of domestic violence. Some student teams may have the opportunity to advise individual clients about their legal rights and help clients who are proceeding pro se to prepare legal papers to support their relocation petitions.

Because this course is part of the law school’s clinical offerings, students will have certain limitations on their registration and participation in the class, including particular conflicts and confidentiality restrictions as set by the professor, the director of the clinical programs and applicable rules of professional responsibility.

Offered for Spring 2015:

Families across Borders: Interviewing and Counseling

Limited Enrollment 12 students, 3 credits, W/S

Freedman and Owens


This is an interviewing and counseling skills course with a strong substantive family law component. In addition to skills theory and development, students will become familiar with several bodies of law relevant to the travel of family members across domestic and international borders and achieve doctrinal competence in interstate and international child custody law and practice.

Students will complete short writing assignments and participate in interviewing and counseling simulations. Students will also research and edit materials in interstate custody law for professionals who work with victims of domestic violence.