Post Foreclosure Eviction/Housing Law: Clinical Seminar

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Fall 2012 Seminar
Meets: T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3007
2 classroom credits

Co-requisite Clinic: Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic (2-4 Fall credits). Clinic and class enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. class) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. clinic).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: September 4, 2012.
LLM Students: Due to Massachusetts court practice rules, LLM students are not eligible to enroll in this class or its required clinic.

The Post-Foreclosure/Housing Law Clinical Workshop provides students, who are enrolled in the Legal Services Center's Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic, with the practical skills and substantive knowledge necessary to effectively advocate for tenants in and out of the courtroom. Objectives of the course include: understanding the statutes, cases and rules applicable in housing law cases; enhancing student understanding of the professional roles, values and ethics involved in the practice of law; developing practical lawyering skills (such as interviewing clients, negotiating settlements, arguing motions, and introducing evidence); and analyzing and proposing advocacy approaches to contemporary housing law issues.

A large part of the workshop is hands-on and group-oriented; students engage in small and large-group exercises and discussions. Throughout the course, we work on a hypothetical case from the initial client interview through the final disposition of the case. In addition, students will prepare a memorandum and conduct a presentation on one of their ongoing active cases at the Legal Services Center and will lead class discussion on the case. There is no final examination or paper for this course. Students will be evaluated based on their preparation for and participation in class exercises and discussions.

Students in this workshop and in the clinic have found that being available on Thursday mornings during the semester (such that they may participate in an Attorney for the Day Program we work with at Boston Housing Court) has been extremely beneficial to their experience.

For more information on the Clinic, contact Lecturer/Clinic Director Maureen McDonagh, mcdonagh@law.harvard.edu, (617) 390-2542 or Skadden Foundation Fellow Libby Benton, ebenton@law.harvard.edu (617) 390-2546 .

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice , Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance , Regulatory Law .