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Family Court Externship
3 credit hours (2 clinical and 1 academic), Fall or Spring
Students spend seven hours per week working in either White Plains or Yonkers Family Court under the supervision of experienced attorneys at the Pace Women's Justice Center. Responsibilities include interviewing victims of domestic violence and drafting petitions for orders of protection, support, and custody. Students operate under a student practice order to represent the victim at the ex parte hearing on the petition for the order of protection. Students also have the opportunity to assist staff attorneys with uncontested divorces, and child support cases.
The weekly two-hour seminar provides education concerning the dynamics of domestic violence as well as relevant Family Court practice simulations and training and an opportunity to consult on the cases as they develop.
Prerequisites: Evidence and Family Law are recommended.