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Family Law at Oregon

Family Law, Child Advocacy Law, and Elder Law

Family relationships are becoming increasingly complex and require lawyers to have an in-depth understanding of the law that structures them. Oregon Law prepares future legal practitioners with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to advocate for children, families, and the elderly.

In addition to top-notch classroom instruction, students may pursue opportunities with Oregon Law’s Child Advocacy ProjectDomestic Violence Clinic, or take advantage of the chance to hone their skills in the domestic violence clinic or a child advocacy or domestic violence externship.

Led by professors Merle Weiner and Leslie Harris, Oregon Law’s Family Law Program offers a rich variety of courses and opportunities for students interested in careers in Family Law, Child Advocacy Law, and Elder Law.

Each spring attorneys from around the state who practice child or family law come to the law school to talk to students about their practices in a speed-dating style Round Robin.


Every year the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and the Oregon chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers give two students full scholarships to attend the annual meeting of the Family Law section of the Oregon State Bar. In 2011 Nate Wolfley, ’12, received the AAML scholarship. He is pictured at the left with John Gartland, a member of the AAML. At the right is Jon Patterson, ’13, who received the OAFLAP scholarship that year. With him is OAFLAP member Connie Terwilliger.


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