This chapter describes the recent trends in family law scholarship, training, and practice. The first section of this chapter provides an overview of the scope of modern family law and the range of skills brought by lawyers. The second section considers the legal profession’s interest in using its collective talents to improve children’s lives in context of the broader intellectual trends in thinking about family issues. In the third section, I describe the current goals of legal education, explain why law schools should offer interdisciplinary training to students who plan to work in family law, and discuss some innovative multidisciplinary programs for training students in child and family law and advocacy.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-112, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-112
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