Economic and Consumer Justice Clinic (YR)
Section 1, Fall 22
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Payday lending, title pawns and debt collectors…they are all part of a larger system of targeting of vulnerable communities which traps those with less in a cycle of poverty that can be impossible to escape. In conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center, the consumer law clinic will explore what some call “Poverty, Inc.” through hands on experience with clients, litigation and research. Students will learn basic information about various consumer protection statutes while practicing skills related to the entire range of client representation, such as interviewing clients, investigating complaints, conducting discovery and drafting court pleadings. Students will gather factual information and conduct legal research to analyze their client’s legal rights. Students will represent consumers in negotiations and will participate in court and administrative proceedings to the extent permitted by law. Prior clinics have included two class action lawsuits and several cases in federal court, and participation in impact litigation is likely for this academic year. They will also learn about the role of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal agency set up to help protect consumers. 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 engage in casework throughout the year.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings; case management notes and time records; and other written policy materials as cases and projects dictate.
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: 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 Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: The Clinic will meet as a group at LAJC’s office (1000 Preston Avenue, Suite A) during the scheduled course time for seminar. IMPORTANT: All clinic participants must attend an “Orientation to Law Clinics at LAJC” session at the start of the semester. This session will provide clinic participants with necessary information about working with LAJC and its client community. It will be held on Monday, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. NOTE REGARDING CREDITS: Of the eight credits awarded for this clinic, four will receive a Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) grade at the conclusion of the fall semester, and four will receive a letter grade at the conclusion of the spring semester.
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Business Organization and Finance
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM