Housing Litigation Clinic (YR)
Section 1, Fall 22
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Students will participate throughout the year in advising on, developing, and litigating actual housing cases in cooperation with the Legal Aid Justice Center. 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. 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. Additionally, clinic students will use a range of strategies used by Legal Aid Justice Center attorneys to identify, investigate, and attack systemic injustices, encouraging holistic and community-partnered approaches to lawyering. 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.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Research memoranda, briefing and pleadings in administrative procedures, state, and/or federal court.
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 Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This clinic does not have an application process; students enroll in the clinic via the course enrollment lottery process or the "Add/Drop" process thereafter via SIS. 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. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session and the mandatory orientation will be dropped unless granted prior approval by the instructors. 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: Family Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Litigation and Procedure, Public Policy and Regulation
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