Family Law Fall 2018

Office Hours
By Appointment, any time

Weisberg and Appleton, Modern Family Law (6th Ed., 2016)

Hours of Class Work Required 
3 credits=6 hours of preparation. Pursuant to ABA Standard 310, that means that in addition to the time you spend in class, you are expected to spend at least an additional 6 hours per week on course related work.

Students with Disabilities
Students have the right to utilize educational accommodations, such as computer use, note taking assistance, and visual aids. Contact Office of Disability Services or Director of Student Affairs.

Final Examination and Grading
Final Exam 80%
Class Participation 20% (a blend of classroom discussion and attendance)

The participation grade has three possible grades: Honors, Pass, and Poor.

  • Honors: Outstanding, thoughtful, enriching participation. A verbal demonstration of preparation prior to class, and active engagement with the material. This includes volunteering in discussion, avoiding “pass,” and regular attendance in class.
  • High Pass: Moderate or minimal participation and adequate class participation
  • Poor: Excessive absences, obvious unpreparedness, or distracting participation **Poor also includes excessive, uninformed participation

Exam format

  • The exam is closed book.
  • There will be one essay question, and 25-30 multiple choice questions.
  • The examination will be curved.
  • Rules of Academic Honesty apply.
  • Please note that the essay portion of the exam has a strict limit of 1250 words. 

Class Participation
Students will be called on at random and often. If you are not prepared for class, you should absolutely not attend. 

Attendance Policy
Although there is no maximum number of permitted absences, excessive absences are subject to a participation grade of

If you are not prepared for class, you should not attend. “I didn’t read” or “please skip me” responses will be factored into the participation grade.

Computers, Tablets, and Cell phones
Unless you have an approved educational accommodation, laptops, tablets, and phones are not permitted in class. Nothing in this policy should be read to preclude a student from utilizing an approved educational accommodation.

Internet Policy
Preferably not. For accommodations, see above. 

Tape Recording
Tape recording of classes is permitted. 

Note taking
Bring paper and pen/pencil.
I discourage the use of computers during class.
Therefore, print out your downloads from Blackboard before you arrive in class.

LL.M Students
LL.M students are expected to complete all assignments and participate in classroom discussion. Therefore, the work expectations are the same as for J.D. students, including the participation grade. 

For exam assessment, the process is different. LL.M. students will not be graded anonymously, and their exam scores are not subject to the curve. 

Statement on Civility
The College of Law supports an inclusive learning environment. All student opinions will be treated with fairness and appreciation by both the professor and fellow students.  Students are encouraged to respond to comments in class, with an awareness of the distinction between good discussion and harmful attacks.  All participants should feel as though their viewpoints will be respected.