LAW Trial Advocacy: Family Law

Prof. Maritza Karmely,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


The Family Law Trial Advocacy course teaches students family law practice in the context of trial advocacy. That is, this course examines the strategies and techniques used in Massachusetts’ family law courts in several types of matters including divorce, custody, and support issues. The family law cases will include traditional post-separation issues (such as child support and alimony) as well as a unit on cases involving domestic violence. While the focus of this trial advocacy class is family law cases, the skills learned in this course are applicable to civil litigation more generally.

Throughout the semester, each student will prepare and perform multiple pretrial and trial exercises in class. For example, students will have the opportunity to argue motions (uncontested and contested), present opening and closing statements, and conduct direct and cross examination of parties and experts. In addition to in-class feedback, exercises will be videotaped and reviewed individually with the professor. At the end of the semester, students will apply the work they have done throughout the semester by conducting a mock trial with co-counsel. Grades are based upon preparation and performance of assigned exercises, and a trial notebook and written critique of the final trial.


  Prerequisite: May not also enroll in Trial Advocacy.

pointer    Enrollment is limited: 12 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements


<<Course Updated: April 09, 2015>>