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


In fall 2017, the University of Baltimore School of Law will launch the nation’s first post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law. Designed for attorneys who want to focus on family law or add family law to their practice area, the certificate offers knowledge and skills that lawyers can use in their practice now through a hands-on, real-world experiential program.

Family law is a key component of many attorneys’ practices—family law cases make up 43 percent of the cases in Maryland’s Circuit Courts. This program immerses practicing attorneys in effective problem-solving for the complex and challenging issues that arise in family law cases. Program faculty are full-time School of Law professors, as well as experienced practitioners 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.

The program’s requirements are detailed in these pages. Please direct questions about the post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law to the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at 410.837.5615 or

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.

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.

Advanced Credit Toward the Certificate

Advanced standing for the 3-credit course “The Craft of Problem-Solving and Advocacy in Family Law” may be granted to:

  • UB School of Law graduates who completed a Concentration in Family Law as part of their J.D. program
  • Graduates from other law schools who completed, within the last five years, 15 credits of family law or related coursework with a GPA of 2.67 or higher in those courses.