Students in the Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic represent low-income individuals in civil litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters related to consumer credit and debt, with a specific emphasis on issues related to student debt. Students may also work with organizational partners. For example, in any given semester, students may participate in policy projects, provide feedback to state and federal consumer protection agencies, create and disseminate consumer education materials, or participate in complex litigation in support of broader consumers’ rights and consumer law advocacy efforts.
Enrollment Options and Credit Hours
Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic will not be offered in the 2022-2023 academic year but will be offered during the 2023-2024 academic year.
- Full year – 4 credit hours fall semester, 3 credit hours spring semester
- Fall semester only – 4 credit hours
- Client interviewing and counseling
- Fact investigation and application of fact to law
- Legal research and analysis, including learning to navigate a complex legal landscape that intersects with multiple and varied state and federal law and doctrine
- Legal writing, including advocacy, educational, and communication materials
- Legal strategic planning and problem solving
- Professional responsibility in the context of real-world complexity
- Giving and receiving feedback, including the value of self-reflection
- Cross-cultural lawyering and empathy
- Pre- or co-requisite courses: None
- Recommended courses: Banking Law, Consumer Law, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy Law