Family and Juvenile Law Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

Learn about the Online MLS with a concentration in family and juvenile law.

The MLS with a concentration in Family Law is designed to prepare professionals or aspiring professionals for careers in which knowledge of family and juvenile law is essential, such as family and divorce mediation, social work, psychology, court-appointed juvenile advocates and other professions dealing with families and/or children. The program provides thorough training in family and juvenile law, and also interdisciplinary familiarity with related fields of study, including psychology, human development, family systems, gender dynamics, special education, child abuse and neglect, business transactions, and finance. It also offers training in non-litigative methods of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and settlement.

While at Arizona Law, MLS students also benefit from a robust student-run Family and Juvenile Law Association, which organizes speakers, career panels, and other events to increase students’ exposure to this dynamic career field.

* Indicates courses offered in person and/or online

Required Core Courses (18 UNITS)

  • LAW 501* - Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 502A* - American Common Law System I (3 units)
  • LAW 502B* - American Common Law System II (3 units)
  • LAW 504* - American Public Law System (3 units)
  • LAW 507* - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units)
  • LAW 556* or LAW 612 - Family Law (3 units)

Elective Course Requirements (12 UNITS)

Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages.

  • LAW 553* or LAW 620 - Immigration Law (3 units)
  • LAW 562* - Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (1 unit)
  • LAW 565A* - Interviewing and Counseling (2 units)
  • LAW 565B* - Mediation or LAW 680A- Mediation (3 units)
  • LAW 584* - Law and the Elderly (3 units)
  • LAW 584A* - Aging in America (3 units)
  • LAW 584B* - Aging and Social Justice (3 units)
  • LAW 584C* - Technology and Aging: Legal and Ethical Developments (3 units)
  • LAW 614 - Disability Law (2 units)
  • LAW 619 - Estates and Trusts (3-4 units)
  • LAW 639 - Community Property (2-3 units)
  • LAW 641B - Poverty, Health, and Law (2-3 units)
  • LAW 646* - Federal Income Tax (3-5 units)
  • LAW 656D - Education Law (2 units)
  • LAW 662A - Bankruptcy & Related Issues (3 units)
  • LAW 676A* - Juvenile Law (3 units)
  • LAW 680D* - Family Law Mediation (3 units)
  • LAW 684 - Law and the Elderly (2 units)
  • LAW 694C - Juvenile Detention Teaching Program
  • LAW 695B - Gender and the Law (1-3 units)
  • LAW 696A - Estate Planning (2-3 units)
  • LAW 696P - Rights of Children and Adolescents (1-3 units)
  • LAW 698H - Advanced Family Law Practice/Drafting Seminar (2 units)
  • AED 520* - Leadership, Mentoring, and Advocacy: Principles and Practices
  • HUSV 511* - Understanding the Modern United States Military Family