Summer 2009 Section 001
Law 254: Supervised Externship & Clinic - Domestic Relations

Schedule: Evening Class
Instructor(s): Klein, Stanley
Credit Hours: 3
CRN: 41253
Location: TBA
Time: 7:00am-7:00am
Enrollment Limit: Please see Patriot Web
Instructor Approval Required;
Application information available from CAAS
Syllabus: Go to syllabus
Course Documents: No documents listed.
Exam Date/Time: No exam.
Prerequisites: None
General Description: The Domestic Relations program, supervised by Former Judge and Senior Lecturer in Law Leslie M. Alden, has a clinical component and an externship component. 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 who 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, are referred to the Domestic Relations program by the Court. In the clinical component, students are given their own case load of litigants to assist and may meet with clients, draft pleadings, review documentation and appear in court for ore tenus hearings before a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge. In the externship component, students are assigned to a supervising attorney who is an expert in domestic relations law and will work in the supervising attorney’s office on all manner of domestic relations issues and cases. Students may perform research and writing, assist with the discovery process, and observe court proceedings. Additionally, if they have their Third-Year Practice Certificate, some students may even have the opportunity to argue motions for support or minor property determinations. 180 hours of fields work is required for this program. Students must also attend a two-hour training session and one classroom tutorial during the semester. All credits are considered “out-of-class” and the course is graded "CR". 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. For more information on this program students should review the Information Packet.