Housing Law and Poverty Seminar

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/19
Credits: 3

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

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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO no later than noon on the last day of the final exam period.

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 (25%) and a final substantial research paper (75%).

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
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Graduation Requirements

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

General Information

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