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Family Law (Mayeri)
Fall 2020   LAW 637-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
MW 3:00PM - 4:20PM

Faculty
Serena Mayeri

Professor of Law and History

smayeri@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects

Grading
15% Participation,
85% Exam

Exam
Short Answer,
Essay,
Take Home,
Open-Book

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
3.0

This survey course provides an introduction to the legal regulation of the family. Topics include restrictions on marriage; rights and obligations imposed on married couples; legal issues facing same-sex couples and non-marital families; premarital and separation agreements; the legal construction of parenthood; the legal ramifications of assisted reproductive technologies; and the various incidents of relationship dissolution, including property distribution, spousal support, custody, and child support.

This course will be remote only. Class sessions will consist of a mix of asynchronous, recorded lectures and synchronous discussions.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Family Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of family law; Perform legal analysis in the context of family law; Communicate effectively on topics related to family law; Demonstrate an understanding of how family law affects other areas of law.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Modern Family Law: Cases and Materials" by D. Kelly Weisberg, Frelich Appleton
Edition: 6th Edition
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
ISBN: 9781454870050
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