Another Look at the Need for Family Law Education Reform: One Law School's Innovations

12 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017 Last revised: 22 Apr 2017

Barbara A. Babb

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The pressing need to change family law education stems from increased numbers and types of family law matters before the courts, changing legal standards, and the evolution of family law practice. The Family Law Education Reform Project, the Families Matter Report, and the IAALS Family Bar Summit recommend that traditional family law education be supplemented to reflect the importance of a holistic blend of theory and practice. This involves expanding student clinical or experiential programs, incorporating interdisciplinary studies specific to the context of family law, and enhancing continuing legal education opportunities. As one law school example, the University of Baltimore School of Law has implemented many of these recommendations for students and practitioners.

Keywords: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Clinical Programs, Continuing Legal Education, Experiential Learning, Family Law Education, Family Law Education Reform, Holistic, Interdisciplinary, Simulation-Based Learning

JEL Classification: K00, K36

Suggested Citation

Babb, Barbara A., Another Look at the Need for Family Law Education Reform: One Law School's Innovations (2017). 55 Family Court Review 59 (2017); University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2904477

Barbara A. Babb (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

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Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
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