Students who have successfully completed both the Temple Legal Aid Office: Family Law Litigation clinical and seminar may enroll in the Temple Legal Aid Office: Advanced Family Law Litigation clinical to continue to hone their family law practice skills. Students will be asked to handle more complex matters in court and/or a higher volume of cases over the course of the semester. Students will continue to work in the Temple Legal Aid Office to provide direct legal representation to low-income litigants in child custody, child and spousal support, paternity and adoption cases. Student attorneys will have the opportunity to handle all aspects of client€™s cases, including intake interviews, case selection based on merit, development of a case plan, drafting of pleadings, counseling of clients, negotiation with opposing counsel or parties, development of trial strategy, trial preparation and court appearances. Students will be provided with a series of readings which will be discussed along with cases during weekly supervision sessions with the Clinical Professor.This is a letter graded clinical. Students will be evaluated based on criteria such as: case and/or project handling responsibility; oral and written advocacy; professional and ethical obligations; initiative and critical reflection; and relationship with supervisor and relationship with teammates and collaborators. The evaluation process will be explained at the beginning of the course and a midpoint evaluation will provide students with substantial feedback on their progress. Note: Certification under Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is required.
Schedule To Be Announced
Additional Time Requirements
A minimum of 10-12 hours per week that may be scheduled Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm. Additional hours as required for trial preparation and hearings.
You must have completed the following courses before enrolling in this course:
- LAW 0704 (Family Law Litigation Clinic: Temple Legal Aid Office)
- LAW 5036 (Family Law Litigation Seminar)