Juvenile and family law covers a broad range of practice areas, such as marriage, divorce, custody, visitation, family support, child abuse and neglect, delinquency, adoption, estate planning, education law and elder law. The juvenile and family law program (JFLP) provides students with opportunities to acquire specialized knowledge in this field, develop a network of, and foster collaboration between students, academics and practitioners, and engage in interdisciplinary work in the study and practice of the field. The program includes specialized courses, research projects, externships and clinical opportunities.


Admission Requirements

Interested students should submit a completed Certificate Application

Required Courses Credits

 Colorado Law offers a juvenile and family law certificate, demonstrating a student’s completion of a concentrated course of study in juvenile and family law.

Students must earn 92 total credits, which must include 18 in the field of juvenile and family law.

A student who satisfies all of the course requirements for the certificate will be awarded the certificate if the student earned at least a C in each course designated by the student as satisfying the certificate requirements. A student who satisfies all of the course requirements for the certificate would be awarded the certificate "with honors" if the student earned a cumulative grade point average of at least an A- in courses designated by the student as satisfying the certificate requirements.

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Required Courses
LAWS 7105Family Law3
At least one of:3
Juvenile Justice
Domestic Violence
Parent, Child, and State
One clinic:2-4
Family Law Clinic
Juvenile and Family Law Clinic
Other clinic focusing on juvenile or family issues (approved by the Program Directors)
Accounting Issues for Lawyers
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Seminar: Child Abuse and the Law
Seminar: Counseling Families in Business
Domestic Violence
Education Law
Elder Law
Estate Planning
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Juvenile Justice
Legal Negotiation
Parent, Child, and State
Poverty, Health and Law 1
Poverty Law
Sexuality and the Law
Seminar: Advanced Topics In Family Law
Wills and Trusts
Other course(s) with significant application to the field of juvenile and family law (approved by the Program Directors)
Additional Practice Opportunities 10-2
Externships in the field of juvenile and family law, including acting as a research assistant for a professor working in this field (1-2 credits)
Participation in a national moot court competition (1 credit)
Total Credit Hours18