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WHAT IS FAMILY LAW?

Family law attorneys assist clients with divorce; child custody, support, and visitation; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; guardianships for the elderly, infirm, and mentally disabled; domestic and foreign adoptions; termination of parental rights; and the establishment of paternity. They can also assist in dealing with the tax and financial aspects of these events. Family law can be a highly emotional practice as the attorney is at the center of life's most personal disputes. Client counseling that is not limited to legal discussions is often involved. Good people skills are essential as there is often a large amount of client contact.

This practice area is found almost exclusively at small firms and boutiques. However, a few large firms have small family law groups, and these groups tend to focus on the financial aspects of family events. Family law can also be practiced in public interest, legal aid, or government settings.

Students interested in Family Law may also want to view our resources on Child Law.


IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING PURSUING A CAREER IN FAMILY LAW...

1. Take family law and business law classes during law school. Because family lawyers work with the division of assets, classes relating to business - such as tax, employee benefits, corporations and partnerships, and accounting - are extremely helpful.

2. Gain practical experience by working as a law clerk. See below for a list of Chicago area law firms with family law practices.

3. Consider working at Loyola's Civitas Child and Family Law Clinic.

4. Develop relationships within the Chicago community of family lawyers by joining the family law section of the Chicago Bar Association.

5. Sharpen your courtroom skills by taking any class that helps to get you comfortable in the courtroom or by participating in Moot Court.

6. Gain experience and sharpen your writing skills through a judicial or non-judicial externship at sites such as the Department of Children & Family Services or the Juvenile Department of the Cook County Public Defender's Office.

7. Get to know Loyola professors specializing in child and family law - Bruce Boyer, Theresa Ceko, Sacha Coupet, Diane Geraghty, Stacey Platt, and Anita Weinberg.


FAMILY LAW RESOURCES

Family Law Resource Guide

Illinois Legal Advocate - Legal Services Program Directory
(Search "Family Law" in the practice area search field.)

Illinois Pro Bono - Divorce & Custody

Chicago Area Law Firms with Family Law Practice Groups (Excel)

Chicago Area Law Firms with Family Law Practice Groups (PDF)

Adoption Law Firms in the Chicago Metropolitan Area

National Center for Adoption Law & Policy (via Capital University Law School)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law Child & Family Law Clinic

ABA Section of Family Law

 

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