The Domestic Relations program, supervised by The Honorable Stanley P. Klein (Ret.) of the Fairfax County Circuit Court, has an externship component and a clinical component and offers students the opportunity to work on an array of domestic relations matters. In the externship component, students are assigned to a field supervisor who is an expert in domestic relations law and work in the field supervisor's office on all manner of domestic relations issues and cases. The students meet with clients, draft pleadings, review documentation and appear in court for ore tenus hearings before a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge. If they have their third-year practice certificate, some students may even have the opportunity to argue motions for support or minor property determinations. In the clinical component, students have a unique opportunity to assist pro se litigants in obtaining uncontested divorces in Fairfax Circuit Court. Pro se litigants already have initiated the divorce process in Fairfax Circuit Court but have been unable to complete the process due to difficulties with filing the necessary documents. These litigants are then referred to the Domestic Relations program by the Court and students are given their own case load of litigants to assist. Judge Klein monitors students' progress and coordinates with the students' externship field supervisors. This pass/fail program is offered year-round, and students may earn 3 out-of-class credits for 180 hours of field work. Space is limited. Students must submit an application to CAAS and interview prior to registering for this program. Applications are available through CAAS.
Students may participate in this program twice, subject to space and professor's approval.