Abbey Law Center for Children and Families aims to create excellent
practitioners who are able to represent families in multiple aspects
of family law. The curriculum of all Abbey Center students consists
of an introductory Colloquium, 12 credits in Family Law related courses,
volunteer placements, and a capstone project.
Abbey Center Colloquium: Modern Trends in Family
All associates of the Abbey Center are required
to enroll in the 2 credit Colloquium course in the spring semester of
their second year of studies (or third year for evening
All associates are required to complete a
placement related to Family Law practice each remaining year at NYLS.
Students can complete the requirement through a job, an externship, clinic,
or volunteer opportunity. Placements must be pre-approved by the
director or Associate Director. A minimum of 2
placements, externships, or volunteer participation in family-related
projects is required.
The Abbey Center Capstone Project is
a required, graded course exclusively for Abbey Center
Associates. Students must complete and present their projects in
their final year. The project requires students to solve a real world
problem related to family law. Students may fulfill the Capstone
requirement via enrollment in one of a limited number of practical
courses or alternative projects, after obtaining permission of the Center
Director or Associate Director.
Abbey Center Blog
the Abbey Center Blog, www.JustFamilies.org, is required from each
Associate. Associates are expected to write five posts over the
course of their membership. Daytime students will work with the
Center’s editor to produce three posts during their 2L year,
and two additional posts during their 3L year. Evening students will
produce two posts for each of their 2L & 3L years, and one post during
their final year.
Contributing to the
Throughout the year the Abbey Center hosts a
variety of events, as well as working on several internal
projects aimed at bettering the Associate experience.
Event committee membership will typically require an Associate to
assist with pre or post-event obligations, as well as Center
responsibilities during the event. Internal projects will require students
to meet several times over each semester with their committee, and do
some light research or other tasks. Associates will be required to join
one committee at the beginning of each school
Time Commitment to the
Associates are expected to make a commitment of
approximately 5 hours per semester during their time at the Diane
Abbey Center for Children and Families. This commitment is typically
fulfilled through an Associate’s committee membership and
writing for the JustFamilies.org blog.