Litigation and Housing Law Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 3/8
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 0915-1115
  • LAJC
08/29/2018 12/05/2018

Course Description

Offered in conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center, this clinic teaches and develops trial skills using housing law as the substantive vehicle. Qualified students may appear and argue in local courts under the direction of a clinic supervisor. The clinic includes instruction in basic substantive state and federal housing law as well as trial advocacy skills. There is yearlong supervised client representation in housing-related cases. The caseload includes trials, administrative proceedings, and interaction with low-income clients. Students handle eviction cases, rent escrow cases, subsidy terminations, and other enforcement of residents' rights. Under the supervision of an attorney, students perform all lawyer functions associated with their cases, including client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of pleadings, and negotiation. Students also will have the opportunity to contribute to Legal Aid Justice Center’s impact litigation, organizing, and policy efforts to ensure access to decent, safe and affordable housing in Virginia. Third year students who have completed a course in criminal law, professional ethics, evidence and procedure are eligible to appear and argue in court like a member of the bar. That course work can be completed in the 2L year or finished in the fall semester of 3L. Non-qualifying students, including 2Ls, may conduct negotiations, assist with factual and legal case development, sit second chair, and, in most years get to argue an administrative hearing.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description:

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Research memoranda, briefing and pleadings in administrative procedures, state, and/or federal court.

Other Work
Interviewing clients and witnesses, general investigation, reviewing case files, collecting records, searching court files, developing and implementing litigation strategies, etc.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Evidence, Professional Responsibility and Third Year Practice Certificate recommended, but not required; because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: This clinic meets at the Legal Aid Justice Center, at 1000 Preston Avenue for clinical supervision in both fall and spring semesters. IMPORTANT: All clinic participants must attend one of two “Orientation to Law Clinics at LAJC” sessions at the start of the semester. These sessions will provide clinic participants with necessary information about working with LAJC and its client community. One session will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 10:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. The other session will be held on Saturday, September 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the law school. Attendance at one or the other session is mandatory, unless a clinic participant has a non-negotiable conflict that prevents attendance at either session and the student obtains permission for the absence. Clinic participants seeking an excusal must request it in writing by e-mailing Amy Walters (amyw@justice4all.org) by Sunday, August 26. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four will receive a "credit/no credit" grade at the conclusion of the fall semester, and four will receive a letter grade at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
118820944
Law No.
LAW8614
Modified Type
Clinical
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 07, 11:59 PM
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