Program Directors

Julie K. Hannaford

J K Hannaford Barristers

Shelley Kierstead

Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Eligible for


Now available online!

If you practise or want to practise Family Law – you MUST take this unique, hands-on skills program.

Over 9 intensive modules – spread out over 3 months – you will work closely with and receive personalized feedback from senior family law judges, experienced counsel, and specially trained simulated clients. With hands-on skills workshops and interactive, discussion-based lectures you will acquire the key foundational knowledge and practical skills you need to practice family law with confidence.

The Osgoode Certificate in Family Law Skills and Practice was designed and is delivered by the leading family law judges, lawyers and experts. Focusing on the practical, we will work through the key stages of a family law file using a combination of in-depth case studies, simulated clients, and skills workshops. You will benefit from individualized feedback and practice learned concepts in a supportive learning environment.

In an intimate online environment, you will have lots of opportunities to ask questions, engage with faculty and forge valuable connections with other family law professionals.

Given the interactive nature of this program, space is strictly limited. Reserve your place now to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity.

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll Learn

How to master the initial client interview (and why it is so critical)

Strategies for managing your client, including those “difficult” client and clients with special challenges

What you should and shouldn’t include in your Financial Statement, and what you should look for in the other sides’

How to assess options for consensual resolution: learn how to determine what your client really wants and needs; participate in a simulated negotiation

Tactics for drafting Minutes of Settlement

What needs to be done when your matter doesn’t settle, including mastering the case conference and preparing for a trial or arbitration

Effective affidavits

Successful strategies in motion advocacy: how to give the Court what it needs

How to effectively structure your written and oral submissions

Best practices for dealing with experts. Using your own and strategies for challenging the other side’s

Practice management techniques for avoiding issues after you wrap up the file

Stephanie Luskey

Bradley Law P.C.

“I absolutely loved this program! I am a new family law practitioner and the [certificate] provided me with the substantive legal knowledge necessary to feel confident handling a variety of family law issues. Prior to taking this program I was constantly overwhelmed… After attending the program my confidence has improved and I have a renewed passion for family law in both litigation and negotiation settings. The feedback received from senior family law judges and experienced counsel is invaluable. Their comments ring through my mind every time I draft a factum or an offer to settle. ”

Who Should Attend

Legal professionals who are or plan to specialize in family law

General practitioners who want to hone their substantive knowledge and practical skills in family law


Program Directors

Julie K. Hannaford

J K Hannaford Barristers

Shelley Kierstead

Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Advisory Board

Adam Black

Torkin Manes LLP

Aaron Franks

Epstein Cole LLP

Kathryn Hendrikx

Hendrikx Family Law

Janet Whitehead

Whitehead Law and Mediation




*Skills workshops must be completed live and will not be recorded

Julie K. Hannaford

J K Hannaford Barristers (Professional Corporation)

“This programme is the foundation that every lawyer who wants to practise family law needs, and it is the type of training that most senior family law lawyers wish they could deliver, but often can’t in light of their busy schedules.”

We’re sorry, the upcoming dates for this program aren’t confirmed yet.
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Registration Details

9 modules: March 1, 8*, 22*, 29, April 5*, 12*, 19, 26* and May 10, 2023 Online (Live) Registration includes 120‑day unlimited, online access to the recorded program. *Skills workshops must be completed live and will not be recorded

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“Is financial assistance or funding available?”

As law evolves, we know how important it is to stay up to date. We also understand the financial implications of continuously upgrading your professional skills and knowledge. For more information on available options, including Job Grants, OSAP, please visit:

Certificate Requirements

In order to successfully receive an Osgoode Certificate, participants must complete the following:

  • Attend all lectures – either live or on demand
  • Complete all skills workshops. These can only be completed live online, on the scheduled dates.

CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
Contact us for inquiries about other provinces.
Substantive41h 20m
Professionalism13h 45m
EDI2h 10m
Total 57h 15m

Are you reporting hours from a previous date?

View our CPD & Accreditation page to see previously calculated hours for this course.


LawPRO: this Program is approved for LawPRO Risk Management Credit. 

Alexandra Forsyth-Sells

Family Law Lawyer, Grant Crawford LLP

“The program is an excellent opportunity for Family Law lawyers of all skills sets to learn and grow their skills and practice. The program provided ample opportunity for feedback through guided discussion with experienced counsel and judges.”

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