Faculty: Shanta Trivedi and Jessica Den Houter
Student attorneys in the Bronfein Family Law Clinic provide pro bono representation to clients in family law and domestic violence civil matters, including divorce, marital property, child custody, special immigrant juvenile status proceedings, child support, adoption, name changes, and civil protective orders.
Student attorneys are licensed to practice law and their client representation includes representing clients in Maryland circuit and district court proceedings, including hearings and trials.
Student attorneys engage in community-based projects to build their multi-dimensional lawyering, including oral and written testimony on proposed legislation in the Maryland General Assembly and community education programs regarding family law and reproductive justice matters.
Student attorneys develop their lawyering skills through the weekly seminar and supervision meetings. In addition, supervising faculty review students' preparation for and execution of written and other client work.
Family Law Clinic Student Attorneys
Why Choose Family Law?
Because you can make a difference in your client's life. The Bronfein Family Law Clinic offers client-centered representation to clients who are dealing with some of the most significant issues in their lives. You will work with your client to help them decide how best to rearrange their family structure, whether it be a divorce, child custody, or a protective order, and you will provide them the legal representation to try to execute their decision. You will provide pro bono representation to clients who could not otherwise afford a lawyer. Family law is a complex and ever-changing area of law. If you go to a small or medium sized law firm after graduation, your firm most likely will do some family law so it is a great asset to your post-graduation job search and employment.
Prerequisites: First-year day courses; Evidence; Professional Responsibility
Recommended: Family Law
Policies and Procedures
The Bronfein Family Law Clinic selects all of its students under the lottery system. Applications are due at specific dates the semester prior and follow set procedures.