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The Nation's First Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law

The University of Baltimore School of Law has launched the nation’s first Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law. It is designed both for new attorneys beginning to practice family law and for experienced attorneys seeking to add family law expertise to their practice. The certificate integrates theory and practice and offers knowledge and skills that lawyers can use in their practice now through a hands-on, real-world experiential curriculum.

Financial aid is available, and applicants who meet the program’s advanced standing requirements may receive a course waiver for “The Craft of Problem-Solving and Advocacy in Family Law.”

Please direct questions about the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law to Professor Barbara Babb, Director of the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law, at 410.837.5661 or

Essential Professional Development in an In-Demand Area of the Law

Family law is a key component of many attorneys’ practices. The volume of family law cases is increasing dramatically in jurisdictions nationwide, outpacing that of other cases in courts. For example, in Maryland during the 2015 fiscal year, 43 percent of trial court filings consisted of family law cases. A rise in self-represented litigants, the current shift away from family law litigation toward alternative dispute resolution, and the multi-dimensional health and social issues faced by families in crisis all contribute to make family law cases increasingly complex.

The Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law addresses the need for an enhanced and in-depth, interdisciplinary, practice- focused curriculum that prepares attorneys for the full range of issues they are likely to face in family law.

Geared to Working Professionals

The certificate’s 16 credits can be completed in 12 months of study or at your own pace, with evening and weekend courses tailored to the busy schedules of attorneys.

Developed by Experts at the Cutting Edge of Family Law

The program’s structure and content have been developed in close collaboration with an advisory committee of leading family law attorneys and judges in Maryland. The program is designed specifically to provide attorneys with the core skills and knowledge essential to the practice of family law.

UB is recognized widely for the quality and breadth of its family law courses, clinical and experiential offerings, family law center, and the Family Law Area of Concentration within the J.D. program. Program faculty are full-time School of Law professors, as well as experienced practitioners and judges who are leaders in the field of family law.

The program is housed in the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts, a nationally renowned center of advocacy, legal education and community-based action dedicated to transforming the family justice system, improving family courts, and connecting courts to communities. CFCC works to ensure that the practice of family law in Maryland, the nation, and around the world improves the lives of families and the health of communities.