The consumer financial transactions clinic ("CFT Clinic") will give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience representing low-income individuals in civil litigation and transactional matters related to consumer credit, debt, personal property, and homeownership. Students will act as the primary attorneys for their client or clients at every step along the way - from intake to discovery to hearing - guided and supported by a full-time UNC School of Law faculty member. In addition to litigation, students may have opportunities to do transactional work, participate in policy projects, provide feedback to state and federal consumer protection agencies, create and disseminate consumer education materials, or participate in complex litigation in support of broader consumers' rights and consumer law advocacy efforts.
In this year-long, eight-credit course (4 credits each semester), students will also engage in course work that will provide the legal and analytical foundation for their lawyering experiences. The coursework is designed to develop students' ability to adopt critical perspectives on the practical issues they experience in their casework, examine their lawyering experiences, and challenge their assumptions about what it means to be a lawyer serving clients.