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LSTD303 - Family Law

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD303 Course ID: 4296 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This upper level undergraduate course introduces students to the legal and procedural requirements of family law. Students will explore various legal procedures and extrajudicial methods. Topics such as marital agreements, separation, divorce, alimony, custody, adoptions, domestic violence, cohabitation, and same-sex marriages will be covered. Emphasis is placed on linking theory to practice.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Recall the historical role of family law from colonial American to present day.
  2. Examine the legal aspects of premarital agreements, same-sex marriages, and cohabitation.
  3. Demonstrate important considerations during the client interview process.
  4. Restate the various types of alimony.
  5. Analyze the distribution of property and debt after dissolution.
  6. Identify assorted legal features of child custody, visitation, and third party rights.

Weekly Forums due during the course count as 30% of the final grade. The initial posting on Forums is due by WEDNESDAY, midnight EST and should be substantive, including attribution where appropriate. You are required to submit THREE follow on posts to your classmates’ (or instructor's) postings by SUNDAY, midnight, EST. The forum grading rubric can be found in Gradebook.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals, I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.


Late forum posts can be penalized up to 5 points per day

Late assignments can be penalized up to 5 points per day

NameGrade %
Forums 39.00 %
Week 1 4.88 %
Week 2 4.88 %
Week 3 4.88 %
Week 4 4.88 %
Week 5 4.88 %
Week 6 4.88 %
Week 7 4.88 %
Week 8 4.88 %
CALI Lessons - Extra credit 5.00 %
Week 1-CALI 0.71 %
Week 2-CALI - EXTRA CREDIT 0.71 %
Week 3-CALI - EXTRA CREDIT 0.71 %
Week 5-CALI - EXTRA CREDIT 0.71 %
Week 6 - CALI - EXTRA CREDIT 0.71 %
Week 7- CALI 0.71 %
Week 8 - CALI - Extra Credit 0.71 %
Case Essay 15.00 %
Case Essay (due end of Wk 5) 15.00 %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Paper - due end of week 7 30.00 %
Divorce assignment 15.00 %
Divorce case (due end of week 3) 15.00 %

Additional Resources

You will be required to complete five CALI (The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) lessons. You need to register using the instructions below and make sure you save your scores so I can verify you completed the lesson. The instructions are as follows:

CALI Registration Information:

1. Go to and click on the 'Not a registered user yet?' link.

2. In the field requesting an authorization code enter: AMEPUNstu622

3. Provide the information requested on the next screens.

4. At the completion of the registration process you will be logged on to the CALI website and may use the legal education lessons.

On subsequent visits to the website, log on by just entering your email address and the password you created when you registered on the site. The authorization code is used only the first time when you registered on the website.

The assignments section contains embedded links to the required lessons. Please use these links when completing the lesson and make sure you do a complete ScoreSave before you exit the lesson.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - available online through the APUS Online Library:
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.