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Children and Family Law Clinic

Interns participating in the Children and Family Law practice area learn the skills necessary to provide high quality representation in domestic relation cases.

The practice concentration in family law is the capstone experience for students interested in Washburn Law's Children and Family Law Center, providing them an exciting and rewarding method to learn about the actual practice of family law.

Interns represent clients in a wide variety of family law matters, and each year's caseload varies based on student learning goals and client need. Examples of the types of cases interns have handled include:

  • Divorces
  • Paternity actions
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianships
  • Emancipations

One advantage of family law practice is that many of the cases can begin and end in one semester, allowing a student the opportunity to handle all aspects of a case. However, even the cases that must be transferred from one intern to another usually can be completed within a year, providing the intern an understanding of the entire case.

Family law practice takes place almost entirely in state district courts and is a model for civil law practice in general. Interns learn to:

  • Interview and counsel clients
  • File pleadings
  • Gather evidence
  • Negotiate with opposing counsel
  • Appear in court
  • File final orders

Many people with family law cases have been victims of domestic abuse. Interns learn to counsel clients dealing with domestic violence and apply remedies available to protect victims of abuse.

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Photograph: Gillian Chadwick.

Gillian Chadwick
Associate Professor of Law