Post-Foreclosure Eviction/Housing Law Clinical Seminar

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Spring 2015 Seminar
Meets: M 5:00pm - 7:00pm
2 classroom credits
Required Clinic Component: Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic (2-4 spring credits). This clinic and course are bundled – your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: January 16, 2015.
LLM Students: Due to Massachusetts Court Practice rules, LLM students are not eligible to enroll.

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 foreclosure and 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 (such as post-foreclosure evictions). 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. This workshop is a required component for students working in the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic of the Legal Services Center.

For more information on the Clinic, contact Lecturer/Clinical Instructor Maureen McDonagh, mcdonagh@law.harvard.edu

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice .