Housing Law and Poverty Seminar

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1700-1900
  • WB119
08/30/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

As Matthew Desmond concludes in his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, evictions are not a symptom of poverty; they are a direct cause. Stable, safe, affordable housing is crucial to personal well-being, particularly in the lives of poor Americans. This class will cover federal and Virginia housing law with a focus on issues affecting low-income tenants and homeowners. Topics will include private Virginia landlord-tenant laws, public and other federally subsidized housing, fair housing and racial segregation, fair housing and the accommodation of physical and mental disabilities, tenant screening and evictions based upon criminal records, the intersection between domestic violence and housing, sub-prime mortgage lending, foreclosures and foreclosure rescue scams, manufactured-home parks, rent-to-own scams, trends to create more affordable housing, the eviction crisis and measures being taken to reduce evictions in Virginia, and housing issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO no later than noon on Dec. 22nd.

Other Work
Students will also be expected to take an active role in class discussions. Grades will be based upon the level and quality of class participation and a final substantial research paper.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Property and Constitutional Law suggested, but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM