This 2-semester, 6-credit clinic will train students to be creative and effective advocates on behalf of low- and moderate-income clients who have suffered as a result of inappropriate or unfair consumer financial transactions. Much of the clinic’s work will involve representing people who homes are being foreclosed upon or are at risk of foreclosure. Students will also represent consumers in other matters pertaining to credit and homeownership.
The clinic’s docket will offer students a mix of experiences in consumer law, finance, negotiation, litigation and transactional law. Concrete tasks likely will include the forensic assessment of consumer financial transactions, counseling clients, negotiating with financial institutions, drafting contracts, and in some cases pursuing litigation to remedy abusive practices.
In addition to their direct client representation, students enrolled in the clinic will participate in a periodic clinic-wide meetings for which they will not earn extra credit. These meetings, scheduled by mutual agreement, will cover lawyering skills and substantive consumer law and will not normally require additional work outside of class.
Recommended: Evidence, Trial Ad, Secured Transactions