University of Arizona College of Law Family law professor Barbara Atwood

Professor Barbara Atwood, director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program. Atwood is a board member of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and served as president of that group in 2012.

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.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (17 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 612 - Family Law 

ELECTIVE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (13 UNITS)[1]

LAW 676A - Juvenile Law
LAW 696P - Rights of Children and Adolescents
LAW 694C - Juvenile Detention Teaching Program
LAW 684 - Law and the Elderly
LAW 641B - Poverty, Health, and Law
LAW 613B/698H - Advanced Family Law Practice/Drafting Seminar
LAW 680A - Mediation
LAW 639 - Community Property
LAW 662A - Bankruptcy & Related Issues
LAW 656D - Education Law
LAW 614 - Disability Law
LAW 696B - Domestic Violence Seminar
LAW 696A - Estate Planning
LAW 619 - Estates and Trusts 
LAW 646 - Federal Income Tax
LAW 695B - Gender and the Law 
LAW 620 - Immigration Law 

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