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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Family Law and Estate Planning

Suggested Courses*

Advanced Real Estate Transactions
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Basic Estate Planning
Children and the Law
Family Law
Property I and II
Trusts and Estates

*for course descriptions, click here


William Drennan, Associate Professor of Law

Patricia Hoke, Adjunct Professor

Ryan Holte, Assistant Professor of Law

James Hopkins, Adjunct Professor

R. Hokulei Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Law

Thomas E. Margolis, Adjunct Professor

Alice Noble-Allgire, Professor of Law

Gail Thomas, Clinical Assistant Professor

Julie A. Thompson, Adjunct Professor

Joanna Wells, Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Opportunities

Civil Practice Clinic: The Civil Practice Clinic provides free legal service to persons 60 and over who live in 13 counties around Carbondale. Typical cases within the Clinic include drafting simple wills, drafting powers of attorney for health care and property, and representing clients in guardianship proceedings.

Domestic Violence Clinic: Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of domestic violence from Jackson, Williamson, and Union counties in southern Illinois. In a typical case, the student interviews the victim, conducts research, prepares for trial, and represents the victim in obtaining a court order of protection.

Public Interest Externship: Students in the Public Interest Externship course work in city, state, federal, or non-profit law offices, or as law clerks for state or federal judges. This course is open to second- and third-year students. In addition to receiving valuable work experience, students can receive up to six hours of academic credit.

Juvenile Justice Clinic: Students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic work under the supervision of a faculty member who has been appointed Guardian ad Litem in juvenile abuse, neglect or dependency cases. They practice legal skills such as client interviewing, court representation, and legal drafting. They learn about the Illinois Juvenile Courts Act and its enforcement, as well as the role a Guardian ad Litem plays in the Juvenile Courts system.