Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW8643
    Sched. No.: 114821461

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):M, 1540-1700 (WB104A)
Credits:3Type:Yearlong clinic
Capacity:8 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
Current Enrollment:7 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**

Course Description:

For too many low-income consumers, debt incurred during the recent Great Recession is preventing them from meaningful economic recovery. Consumer protection laws often do not actually protect consumers unless they have help enforcing their rights. In this course, students will provide consumer clients with such help. Acting in cooperation with the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), students in this course will have hands-on experience working with clients who have problems which are covered by various consumer protection laws, mainly those governing debt collection and other debt-related issues. Students will work with LAJC staff attorneys during both the fall and spring semesters on actual cases involving these consumer issues.

The course requires students to participate in case work in both the fall and spring semesters. In addition, in the fall, there will be a seminar which will meet once a week. Students will learn basic information about various consumer protection statutes while doing exercises covering the entire range of client representation such as interviewing clients, investigating complaints, drafting court documents, doing discovery, questioning witnesses and presenting opening and closing arguments in court. They will also learn about the role of the recently created Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal agency set up to help protect consumers. In addition, students will have the chance to hear from guest speakers who will talk about problems that consumers face and practical suggestions for ways they can protect consumers’ rights. Finally, students will be given the chance to identify ways that the rules affecting consumers should be changed and to work on making such changes happen. Students will earn three credits during the fall semester and five credits during the spring semester.

ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
ENT: Students will participate in a variety of litigation-related exercises and activities helping to represent actual clients with consumer problems during both semesters. In addition, in the fall there will be a seminar providing basic information about consumer protection statutes and training in the basics of consumer case representation.

This course is on the professional skills course list.