The Housing Law Clinic represents tenants who are facing evictions by private market and subsidized landlords. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Housing Justice for Survivors Project which represents tenants facing housing instability as a result of domestic or sexual violence. The bulk of the clinic’s work consists of litigation in the Boston Housing Court, defending evictions and prosecuting counterclaims with the goal of improving housing conditions, enforcing consumer rights, supporting tenant organizing efforts, and preventing homelessness.
Students engage in:
- client interviewing and counseling;
- fact investigation;
- pre-trial discovery (including taking and defending depositions), negotiation, and motion practice;
- trying cases in court;
Students also have the opportunity to engage in community lawyering and to work on legislative and other law reform initiatives.
This clinic is part of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC’s diverse clinics provide clinical instruction to second- and third-year law students and serve as a laboratory for the innovative delivery of legal services. Students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of clinical instructors and fellows in one of LSC’s litigation clinical practices.
How to Register
The Housing Law Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
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Student in Housing Law Clinic Helps Elderly Couple Fight EvictionContinue Reading about Student in Housing Law Clinic Helps Elderly Couple Fight Eviction
Less than 7 percent of tenants facing evictions have representation in Boston Housing Court, in which around 5000 summary process cases are brought annually. My experience representing one elderly couple, who were the victims of a foreclosure rescue scam, showed me plainly that legal representation makes all the difference for families and individuals facing eviction, and that the foreclosure crisis has also been a crisis in access to legal services.
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Housing Law Clinic’s Julia Devanthery wins appeal against Wells FargoContinue Reading about Housing Law Clinic’s Julia Devanthery wins appeal against Wells Fargo
The central issue in the case was whether a massive 2008 foreclosure prevention workshop held at Gillette Stadium qualified as a “face-to-face” meeting between lenders and borrowers under the regulations which govern Federal Housing Administration insured mortgages. The Appeals Court concluded that Wells Fargo had failed to demonstrate that the Gillette event met the requirements of the regulations.