Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAWS 901 Consumer Protection Clinic



Course Description

In this course, students represent indigent consumers with complaints against area landlords in Housing Court. Under the supervision of the Clinic's Supervising Attorney, students will handle all phases of the case work, including case evaluation, client interviewing, negotiation of possible settlement, legal research and factual development of the claims, and representation of the litigants in court proceedings. Students are expected to attend Housing Court and commit at least 10 additional hours to Clinic casework each week. In addition to the fieldwork, there will be regularly scheduled seminar meetings and training sessions in which students will engage in discussions and simulation execrises to develop the professional skills and perspectives which are essential to such a litigation practice. Enrollment is limited each semester to six students who have been selected through the clinic selection process. Prerequisites: Law 553, Evidence. Any student enrolled in LAW 901 Consumer Protection Clinic, LAW 903 Real Property Practice Practicum, LAW 904 Small Business Clinic, or LAW 911 Legal Services Clinic, in any semester shall also enroll for not less that 6 academic credits if a full-time students, and 3 academic credits if a part-time student, of classroom-based coursework in that semester. Classroom-based coursework means all work for which academic credit is given except for Law Review, participation in interschool competitions, externships, 951, 952, and other clinical or independent study program sponsored by the law school.