Civil Justice Clinic-Homeowner Advoc Unit

SLN #: 12738
Course Prefix: LAW-773
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 6
Instructor(s): Dauber

Course Description:
The Civil Justice Clinic provides students with the opportunity to provide quality representation to individuals and non profit organizations who need pro bono representation. In addition to client representation and community education work, the Clinic includes a mandatory seminar component that focuses on relevant substantive law (such as laws relating to real estate lending, employment, supporting military families, and ADR), training/simulations on lawyering skills (such as legislative lawyering, courtroom advocacy, public speaking, fact investigation, interviewing, counseling, and negotiation), and case rounds.

Students enrolled in the Homeowner Advocacy Unit work on civil disputes, administrative proceedings, legislative lawyering, and community education matters involving fraudulent schemes against homeowners and renters, foreclosure avoidance, predatory mortgage lending cases and related issues.

With faculty supervision, students are responsible for all aspects of representing Clinic clients, including: case selection; interviewing and counseling clients; fact investigation; theory and advocacy strategy development; analyzing options for changing employment and advocating for policy changes to address foreclosure crisis; drafting demand letters, pleadings, motions, appellate briefs, settlements, and policy documents such as white papers, amicus briefs, analysis of pending legislation, comments to administrative agencies, or testimony; and representing clients in negotiations with other parties, administrative hearings, civil litigation or at oral arguments in state or federal court.

The Clinic is a graded 6 credit course. Students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week and at least 300 hours total in the Clinic during the semester. For more information, see the Clinic’s webpage at

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 6
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: > Students must have taken or concurrently be enrolled in Evidence,
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes. Because of administrative considerations and professional obligations to courts and clients, no student pre-registered for a clinical offering shall be allowed to drop the clinic later than one month preceding the first day of classes, or to add the clinic, unless approval is obtained from the Directors of the Clinic and the Clinical Program.
Limited Enrollment Number: 12
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.