Juvenile and family law covers a broad range of practice areas, such as marriage, divorce, custody, visitation, family support, child abuse and neglect, delinquency, adoption, estate planning, education law, and elder law. The Juvenile and Family Law Program (JFLP) provides students with opportunities to acquire specialized knowledge in this field, develop relationships with, and foster collaboration between, students, academics, and practitioners, and engage in interdisciplinary work in the study and practice of the field. The Program includes specialized courses, research projects, externships, and clinical opportunities.

Certificate Program

Colorado Law offers a Juvenile and Family Law Certificate, demonstrating a student’s completion of a concentrated course of study in Juvenile and Family Law. Students must earn 92 total credits which must include 18 in the field of Juvenile and Family Law. A student who satisfies all of the course requirements for the Certificate will be awarded the Certificate if the student earned at least a C in each course designated by the student as satisfying the Certificate requirements. A student who satisfies all of the course requirements for the Certificate would be awarded the Certificate "with honors" if the student earned a cumulative grade point average of at least an A- in courses designated by the student as satisfying the Certificate requirements. Visit Rules of the Law School for complete details. Interested students should submit a completed Certificate Application
Required Courses


  • Director of Clinical Programs and Professor Colene Robinson, Program Co-Director and Juvenile & Family Law Clinic Director, represents children and parents in child abuse and neglect and delinquency cases. She was recognized as one of ten national Civitas Childlaw Scholars. 
  • Professor Jennifer Hendricks, Program Co-Director, teaches Family Law and Parent, Child, and State. She writes about sex equality and sex differences in parental rights, feminist theory, and constitutional family law. 
  • Professor Deborah Cantrell teaches the Sustainable Community Development Clinic and formerly served as the executive director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles.
  • Clinical Professor Ann England, a former public defender, oversees juvenile delinquency cases.
  • Professor Carolyn Ramsey specializes in domestic violence, criminal law and procedure, and gender issues.

Career Opportunities

Careers that focus on juvenile and family law include family law practioner (solo practice or law firm), guardian ad litem or child’s attorney, social services agency attorney, District Attorney or Public Defender specializing in juveniles, public policy-makers, and judicial clerkships in specialized juvenile or domestic courts. The Office of Career Development maintains an extensive listing of juvenile and family law career opportunities including internships, clerkshipsexternships, and job postings through the CDOnline. Colorado Law students have worked for many of the following organizations during or after law school.

Events & Programs (including past events)

  • Mentoring sessions with Juvenile and Family Law Program faculty
  • Career development brown bag lunches