The Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic is a semester clinic in which third-year students represent clients in civil matters related to consumer credit and homeownership, with a particular emphasis on student debt. Students may also participate in advocacy projects and community education events, depending on community need.
CFT Clinic students provide direct representation to clients under the strict supervision of a faculty member who is also a licensed attorney. Students are responsible for all aspects of their clients' cases, including conducting interviews, drafting pleadings and briefs, discovery, negotiating with opposing counsel, conducting hearings or trials, and arguing motions and appeals. In larger matters, students may research novel legal theories, draft briefs and supporting materials, engage in strategy sessions with co-counsel, or pursue other aspects of case development as time permits. Students work in teams on individual cases and pods on organizational work. Each team has a standing weekly meeting with the faculty supervisor. Team members regularly consult with each other on all aspects of their cases.