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Family Law Courses

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ind Family Law courses currently available to students listed below.

Family Law Courses

7705/Estate and Gift Taxation

Examines the fundamental principles of federal gift, estate, and generation skipping taxes, including an introduction to basic estate planning techniques.


This course examines gratuitous transfers by intestate succession, wills, trusts, and other techniques; execution and revocation of wills; will substitutes; administration of estates; family survivors' rights; the nature of trusts and fiduciary relationships; powers of appointment; and future interests. A JD bar class. Prerequisite: REQ7160-Property.

7715/Family Law

This course will examine the roles of law and of private ordering in family law contexts.  Topics which may be included are marriage and divorce, child custody and support, alimony, property division, tax consequences of divorce, and family violence.  The course will also look at various means of dispute resolution in the domestic relations area, including negotiation, mediation, and litigation.  The course will include simulations and other exercises designed to develop practical skills and to consider substantive law through skill exercises.

7791/Family Topics

Classes offered under this designation explore special areas of interest, including newly developing areas of law, or specialties of visiting faculty and fellows. Students should consult registration information specific information on classes presented under this title.

220/Health Law

This survey course focuses on the core of current health care litigation and regulation in the United States, namely the issues surrounding liability and quality, and health care organization and finance.

7745/MedLaw: Issues and Concepts of Reproduction and Family

What is involved in the processes of in vitro fertilization, egg harvesting, and sperm donation, and how should the law respond?  Can conception and parenthood occur post-mortem, and if so, what are the legal consequences?  If a surrogate mother gives birth to a child, does the law consider her to be the mother?  Who should have access to assisted reproductive technologies-single mothers, same-sex couples, rich and poor alike-- and should the law regulate such an issue?  If these questions intrigue you, we invite you to enroll in this seminar.