Offered in conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center, the clinic includes both a seminar and supervised client representation in housing-related cases and matters.
The caseload includes administrative proceedings and other matters for indigent clients and presents issues under private landlord-tenant contracts, federally subsidized rental programs and statutes such as the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students handle eviction cases, rent escrow cases, grievance hearings, avoidance of illegal or unfair lease provisions, abatement of substandard building conditions and other enforcement of residents' rights.
Under the supervision of an attorney, all students perform the lawyer functions associated with their cases, including client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of pleadings and negotiation. Students with third-year practice certification are also responsible for courtroom advocacy.