Family Law Externship

Course Title: Family Law Externship
Course Number: 3990
Course Description:

The purpose of the course is to provide students with a fulsome and comprehensive family law experience.  In family law, the access to justice crisis has propelled legislation and practice norms to move towards less adversarial dispute resolution processes. Those processes require lawyers to build new skills, such as managing family violence, working with other professionals (social workers and community service providers), and delivering unbundled legal services.  The course aims to provide students with these skills and to develop student interest in the practice of family law.

The Family Law Externship Course is a 12-credit, 8-month clinical course.  Students earn 6 credits per term (fall and winter) for a total of 12 credits over both terms.  Students are expected to devote a minimum of 14 hours each week for 12 consecutive weeks in the fall term and devote an additional 14 hours each week for 12 consecutive weeks in the winter term (excluding reading weeks).  Students must devote Mondays and Tuesdays to the course field work.

Students must attend a virtual reflective practice seminar on Fridays every second week.

Teaching Method:

See Externship handbook for more information


This is a Pass/Fail Course

Course Materials:

Learning from Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education (3rd ed.).


Natasha Brown