Poverty Law, Advocacy and Policy

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 19/19
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TW
  • 1130-1250
  • WB121
08/30/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This class covers a range of issues related to poverty law, access to justice, and policy. To start, we will address how poverty is measured and the characteristics of urban versus rural poverty, the relationship between poverty and racial discrimination, and then move from there to domestic policies toward poverty, including federal and state benefits and restrictions on their availability. Digging deeper, we will focus on the impact of poverty on law and policy in two subject matter areas, family law and housing. From there, we’ll turn to the role of lawyers in planning, achieving, and implementing reforms, and particularly the techniques, strategies, challenges, and struggles in ensuring that people living in poverty have access to the advocacy they need to navigate complex legal and regulatory systems, culminating in a detailed proposal for an access to justice pilot project based on state and local needs.This will be an interactive and community-engaged course, interweaving how the concepts we study in the classroom are felt in the poor and marginalized communities in Charlottesville and Albemarle County and surrounding area.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will observe court and tour local neighborhoods, and will be asked to research, create, and give short presentations supported by state and local research periodically during the semester. However, the final project will not be a full-length paper, and there is no final exam.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None 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: No
**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: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM