There are many opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of various areas of law. Our professors are passionate about sharing the most fascinating aspects of their areas of expertise with students in the classroom. Programs, courses, journals, and student groups round out the learning experience for students, giving students freedom to explore their interests and refine their skills.

Family Relations and Wills and Trusts

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Family law considers the various aspects of familial and intimate relations. The law of “the family” includes consideration of state efforts and authority to regulate its creation, maintenance, and dissolution. Issues that often arise include marriage (and its contested boundaries), privacy, marital obligations, annulment, dissolution, divorce, child custody, and spousal and child support.

Modern family law has actively considered issues raised by same-sex and opposite-sex cohabiting couples and families. Recently, a considerable effort has been made to “constitutionalize” family law, leading to various public policy considerations. Family law draws upon and implicates many areas of law including property law, criminal law, and constitutional law.

The Moritz College of Law is the only top-tier law school in the country to offer a specialized certificate in children’s studies. To obtain the certificate, law students must complete 20 hours of specialized course work. Students are required to take an additional five semester hours in graduate-level courses offered at The Ohio State University. The university has particularly rich offerings in related areas, providing students with a critical interdisciplinary understanding of the many problems faced by children and their families. Students successfully completing the certificate will receive a notation on their law school transcripts and special recognition at graduation.

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