Litigation and Housing Law Clinic (YR)

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 7/8
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 0900-1100
  • LAJC
08/28/2019 12/04/2019

Course Description

Students will participate throughout the year in advising on, developing, and litigating actual housing cases. The caseload includes trials, administrative proceedings, and interaction with low-income clients. Students handle eviction and voucher termination cases, abatement of substandard building conditions, and other enforcement of residents' rights, although specific assignments vary according to the cases available during the year. This case work will be performed in cooperation with the Legal Aid Justice Center. The course also incorporates classroom instruction during the fall semester in the substantive and procedural aspects of landlord-tenant law and litigation skills, Under the supervision of an attorney, students perform most lawyer functions associated with their cases, including client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of pleadings, and negotiation. Third-year students who have their Third Year Practice Certification are eligible to appear and argue in court. The necessary course work for the Certification can be completed in the 2L year or finished in the fall semester of 3L. Students who do not qualify for a Third Year Practice Certification, including 2Ls, may conduct negotiations, assist with factual and legal case development, sit second chair, and, in most years, argue an administrative hearing.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

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: 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 27, 10:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. The other session will be held on Friday, August 30, 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 25. CREDITS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four credits will be allocated to the fall semester and four credits to the spring semester for academic load purposes. Grading will occur at the end of the spring semester, and four of the credits will be pass/fail and four of the credits will be graded.

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.
119819415
Law No.
LAW8614
Modified Type
Clinical
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, November 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 06, 11:59 PM
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