Certificate in Child and Family Law

Any Whittier law school student may seek a Certificate in Child and Family Law. The Certificate Program gives students a solid background in children’s advocacy through the required courses and also allows students some degree of specialization with a vast array of elective offerings.

Faculty Director:
Jennifer Mertus, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Center for Children and Families
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714-444-4141 ext. 243.

To receive the Certificate in Child and Family Law, students must:

  1. Complete BOTH required courses:
  2. Complete a minimum of 2 units of Experiential Learning by EITHER:
    • An externship in an approved child or family law related placement (LAW 609, 609J, 610, or 610J), OR
    • A clinical experience in the WLS Children’s Rights Clinic (LAW 617, 618, or 619)
  3. Attend a minimum of eight (8) CCF Colloquia, Distinguished Speaker events, or CCF-sponsored symposia. (**Note: Fellows in the Center for Child and Family Law must attend all of these events.)
  4. Complete THREE (3) units of approved electives from the following courses.

    * NOTE: Not all courses are offered each year and some courses are offered through Whittier Law School’s Study Abroad Programs.

*Other courses may be included with the approval of the Director of the CCF. For approval, consult with the Director and complete the Substitution/Waiver form from the Forms Center in the Registrar’s pages.