Certificates of Concentration

Certificate of Concentration in Family Law

Overview

The National Center for Family Law offers law students at the University of Richmond the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Concentration in Family Law to be awarded at graduation along with the J.D. diploma. Transcripts will also reflect completion of the concentration program.

Earning the Certificate of Concentration in Family Law is similar to completing a major as an undergraduate. A student must take a basic Family Law course and a certain number of credits from other Family Law-related courses. Students seeking the Certificate of Concentration in Family Law will meet their upper-level writing requirement by writing on a family law-related subject.

Certificates will be awarded only to those who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all family law concentration classes taken. Students whose GPA is 3.5 or higher in concentration courses will earn the certificate "with distinction."

Total Family Law Credits Required
Each student must take a total of 24 credits from family law concentration courses or those identified as related.
Required Courses

Each student must take the following courses:

LAWE707, Family Law

3 sem. hrs.

LAWE724, Ethical Issues in Family Law

2 sem. hrs.

An approved clinic*

5-7 sem. hrs.

An upper-level writing requirement**

2 sem. hrs.

Target Courses

Each student must take at least one of the following courses:

LAWE610, Alternative Dispute Resolution

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE672, Negotiations

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE670, Interviewing & Counseling

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE706, Role of Lawyer in Mediation

2 sem. hrs.

Family Law Concentration Classes

Students may count any of the following toward completion of the concentration requirements except as otherwise indicated:

LAWE707, Family Law

3 sem. hrs. (Required)

LAWE703, Advanced Family Law Seminar

2 sem. hrs. (Satisfies upper-level writing requirement)

LAWE724, Ethical Issues in Family Law

2 sem. hrs. (Required)

LAWE685, Muslim Family Law

3 sem. hrs.

LAWE616, Children and the Law

3 sem. hrs.

LAWE627, Education Law

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE713, Child Support & Enforcement

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE785, Domestic Violence Seminar

2 sem. hrs. (Satisfies upper-level writing requirement)

LAWE740, Sexual Orientation and the Law

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE634, Estate Planning

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE606, Wills and Trusts

4 sem. hrs.

LAWE627, Education Law 2 sem. hrs.

LAWE633, Estate and Gift Tax

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE717, Bioethics

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE600, Federal Income Taxation

4 sem. hrs.

LAWE699, Marriage, Money, and the Law 3 sem. hrs.

LAWE699, Regulating Reproduction

3 sem. hrs.

LAWE699, Wills Drafting 2 sem. hrs.

LAWE723, Collaborative Law

2 sem. hrs.

LAWE778, Family Law Clinic

6 sem. hrs.

LAWE755, Disability Law Clinic

6 sem. hrs.

LAWE753, Delinquency Clinic

6 sem. hrs.

LAWE773, Advanced Children's Law Clinic

2-6 sem. hrs.

Clinical Placement Program

5-7 sem. hrs.(Selected approved placements only)

Credit for independent studies, research assistance, family law moot court competitions, and courses taught outside the University of Richmond School of Law may be approved as sufficiently related to family law by the director of the National Center for Family Law in consultation with the associate dean for academic affairs.

*Students can apply no more than 7 clinic credits toward meeting the requirements for the Certificate of Concentration. (Only 12 clinic credits may be credited toward the 86 needed for graduation)

**All concentration students must complete their upper-level writing requirement on a family law-related topic. The topic for any paper submitted to satisfy the family law upper-level writing requirement must be approved by the director of the National Center for Family Law in consultation with the associate dean of academic affairs and must satisfy the standards applicable for the upper-level writing requirement as set forth in the Student Handbook. This paper must be written in conjunction with either an upper-level writing seminar or an independent research project of at least 2 credits.

Certificate of Concentration in Intellectual Property

Overview

The Intellectual Property Institute offers Richmond Law students the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Intellectual Property ("IP") in the course of earning the J.D. degree.

Earning the IP Certificate is similar to completing a major as an undergraduate student. The student must (1) take the Intellectual Property Fundamentals course and a certain number of additional credits from a designated group of other IP-related courses, (2) write his or her upper-level writing requirement on an IP-related subject, and (3) achieve a minimum grade point average in the Certificate courses. Students who satisfy the requirements receive the IP Certificate at graduation and Intellectual Property is recorded as a concentration on their academic transcript.

Required Course
Intellectual Property Fundamentals (LAWE 641): This three-credit course will serve as an introduction to the core subject matters within the field of IP and therefore must be taken in order to earn the Certificate.
Core IP Courses

Fifteen Total IP Credits: Each Certificate student must take a total of fifteen credits from the IP curriculum. These credits can come from three sources. First, as already discussed, three of the credits must come from the Intellectual Property Fundamentals course. Second, each student must take at least eight credits from the following "Core" IP courses (and may count more than eight credits from "Core" courses if he or she wishes).

Computer Law (LAWE759)

Copyright Law (LAWE788)

Entertainment Law (LAWE700)

Information Privacy Law (LAWE699)

Intellectual Property and Transactional Clinic (LAWE790)

Intellectual Property Litigation (LAWE776)

Intellectual Property Law and Policy (LAWE655)

International Intellectual Property (LAWE722)

Licensing and Technology Transfer (LAWE673)

Patent Law (LAWE744)

Patent Preparation and Prosecution (LAWE787)

Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets Practice (LAWE710)

Trademark and Unfair Competition (LAWE768)

Satellite IP Courses

Up to four credits from other sources may be counted toward the total of fifteen. This includes credits from the following "Satellite" courses.

Administrative Law (LAWE607)

Antitrust (LAWE613)

Bioethics (LAWE717)

First Amendment Law (LAWE676)

Law and Economics (LAWE749)

Narrative Design, Visual Persuasion and the Law (LAWE684)

Remedies (LAWE656)

Scientific Evidence (LAWE657)

Sports and the Law (LAWE690)

The four credits from other sources can also include credits from Independent Studies, Research Assistance, clinical placements, IP moot court competitions, and courses taught outside of the University of Richmond School of Law but all such credits must be approved as sufficiently IP-related by the Director of the IP Institute, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement: Each Certificate student must satisfy his or her upper-level writing requirement by writing on an IP-related topic. "IP-related" means that the paper either was written for a Core course within the IP curriculum or has been approved as IP-related by the Director of the IP Institute and the instructor, if any. Students should seek such approval as early as possible in the paper-writing process. Students should also keep in mind that the paper must not only be IP-related, but must also meet the generally applicable standards for the upper-level writing requirement as set forth in the Student Handbook.

Grade Point Average: Certificates will be awarded only to those students who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the Core courses (including Intellectual Property Fundamentals). Students whose average is 3.5 or higher in those courses will earn the certificate "with distinction."