JD Certificate - Family and Juvenile Law

With the very definition of “family” in flux, the practice of family law and children’s law in the 21st century is more challenging and rewarding than ever.

The Family and Juvenile Law JD certificate program provides you with foundational knowledge, practical skills, and ethical training. The award of the certificate means that not only have you demonstrated proficiency in the basic academic work but have also engaged in interdisciplinary study, interacted with clients through clinical courses or internships, and learned from leading practitioners in the field. 

Certificate Benefits

  • Flexible interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Monthly presentations during the academic year by judges, practitioners and researchers from relevant disciplines
  • A mentoring program that matches students with local attorneys and mediators
  • Networking opportunities with family law attorneys, mediators, mental health professionals, and court personnel
  • Access to information about relevant conferences, seminars and other events of interest. 

Courses and Requirements

Review the complete requirements (PDF). Current students can verify each semester’s available courses and record their progress in fulfilling the requirements on the certificate program’s D2L website.

Must achieve at least a B-minus

  • Community Property Law - LAW 369
  • Family Law - LAW 612

9 units

  • Bankruptcy & Related Issues - LAW 662A
  • Disability Law - LAW 614
  • Domestic Violence Seminar - LAW 696B
  • Education Law - LAW 656D
  • Estate Planning - LAW 696A
  • Law and the Elderly - LAW 684
  • Rights of Children and Adolescents - LAW 696P

See the requirement details PDF or certificate program's D2L website for a complete list of eligible courses.

Complete either of the following:

  • Three units of graduate-level study from outside the College of Law or in courses that are cross-listed in Law and another college. The coursework must be relevant to the practice of family or juvenile law. (Optional courses are listed on the requirement details PDF and certificate program's D2L site.) OR
  • Explore an interdisciplinary topic in connection with the required research paper.

Complete a substantial research paper on a subject related to family or juvenile law, with the prior approval of the program director. 

Complete either of the following:

  • One semester of the Child and Family Law Clinic, Immigration Clinic, Veterans Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Law Clinic, Civil Rights Restoration Clinic, AZ Attorney General Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Criminal Prosecution Clinic, or other law clinic in which students represent or counsel clients; OR
  • An internship of at least 2 units in which the student has regular client contact, is supervised in the field by a lawyer or judicial officer, maintains a journal of activities for review by the supervising faculty member, and submits a reflection paper at the conclusion of the internship.

Attend a minimum of three Family and Juvenile Law Program sessions, to be offered at the College of Law on a monthly basis. 

Affiliated Faculty

Barbara Atwood, J.D.
Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita 
Director, Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program

Paul Bennett, J.D.
Clinical Professor and Director, Child and Family Law Clinic

Robert Hershey, J.D.
Professor Emeritus
Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program

Negar Katirai, J.D.
Director, Community Law Group
Co-Director, Family & Juvenile Law Certificate Program
Assistant Clinical Professor

Lynn Marcus, J.D.
Co-Director, Immigration Law Clinic
Professor of Practice

Jamie Ratner, M.A., J.D.
Professor Emeritus of Law

Brent White, J.D.
Associate Dean for Programs and Global Initiatives
Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of East Asian Studies

Hon. Nanette Warner, J.D.
Part-time Professor of Practice

Connie Beck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Arizona

Judith V. Becker, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Department of Psychology
University of Arizona

Louise Roth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Arizona

Rebecca Nathanson, Ph.D.
James E. Rogers Professor of Education and Law
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, NV

Key Contacts

Negar Katirai
Associate Clinical Professor; Director, Domestic Violence Law Clinic & Community Law Group

Barbara Atwood
Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law; Co-Director, Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program

Albertina Antognini

Associate Professor of Law


Sarah Gotschall
Reference Librarian; Professor of Practice