Supervised Externship & Clinic - Domestic Relations
The Domestic Relations program, supervised by Former Judge and Senior Lecturer in Law Leslie M. Alden, has both 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 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. The clinical component offers students 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. 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. For more information about the program’s requirements and application process, please see the Supervised Externship and Clinic - Domestic Relations Information Packet at http://www.law.gmu.edu/academics/clinics.