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

This is an overview. Review the complete requirements here (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.

  • Required Core Courses (Must achieve at least a B-minus)
    • Community Property Law - LAW 369
    • Family Law - LAW 612
  • Elective Courses (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.
  • Interdisciplinary Study
    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.
  • Research and Writing
    Complete a substantial research paper on a subject related to family or juvenile law, with the prior approval of the program director. 
  • Experiential Learning
    Complete either of the following:
    • One semester of the Child and Family Law Clinic, Immigration Clinic, Veterans Clinic, Mortgage 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.
  • Enrichment
    Attend a minimum of three Family and Juvenile Law Program sessions, to be offered at the College of Law on a monthly basis. 

If you have any questions about the certificate program, please contact Professor Barbara Atwood at batwood@email.arizona.edu, Professor Negar Katirai at nkatirai@email.arizona.edu, or Sarah Gotschall in the Law Library at sgotscha@email.arizona.edu.