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New York City Bar Association Issues Report on Family Law Curricula in New York City and Long Island Law Schools

New York, January 15, 2010 - The New York City Bar Association Family Court and Family Law Committee has issued a report on family law curricula in New York City and Long Island law schools. The report, entitled “Survey of Family Law Curricula in New York City and Long Island Law Schools,” presents the results of a survey of law schools with regard to their family law courses, scholarship mentoring and financial aid.

The survey was undertaken in response to a widely held view among experts in the field that there is a divergence between most schools’ curricula and the knowledge and skills required for the actual practice of family law today. The report also addresses the need to ensure an ongoing supply of family law practitioners to meet a growing demand in the specialty.

In addition to providing information on what the law schools are doing in the family law area, the Report provides five recommendations:

  1. Engage in law student recruiting initiatives specifically targeted to promote interest in family law careers.
  2. Engage in development efforts to bolster financial aid and mentoring opportunities for family law-focused students.
  3. Encourage members of the New York City Bar Association’s family law-related committees to serve as mentors and guest speakers to provide insight and encouragement to law students interested in family law careers.
  4. Continue to enhance family law curriculums by revamping existing courses consistent with the exigencies of the current family law landscape and by adding courses as necessary to address gaps in pedagogy in this area.
  5. Convene academic symposiums and other colloquiums to facilitate interest in the numerous issues facing family law educators, judges, practitioners and service providers, and to increase the impact of these issues on communities, families and the justice system

“We hope that this report will encourage New York law schools to expose their students more fully to family law and provide more opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing careers in this compelling field,” said Rebecca Mendel, Chair of the City Bar’s Family Court and Family Law Committee.

Nine New York City and Long Island law schools participated in the survey: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, Columbia University School of Law, the City University of New York School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, New York University School of Law, New York Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, and Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College.

Read the “Survey of Family Law Curricula in New York City and Long Island Law Schools” here: http://tinyurl.com/yz8ctoq

About the Association

The New York City Bar Association (www.nycbar.org) was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.