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Student Work

The Housing Law Clinic represents tenants who are facing evictions by banks or other lenders. The bulk of the clinic’s work consists of litigation in the Boston Housing Court, defending evictions and prosecuting affirmative cases to improve housing conditions and to prevent utilities from being shut off.

Students engage in:

  • client interviewing and counseling;
  • fact investigation;
  • pre-trial discovery (including taking and defending depositions), negotiation, and motion practice; and
  • trying cases in court.

Students also have the opportunity to engage in community lawyering and mobilization efforts 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.

ClinicTalk Podcast (Available to HLS Students Only)

Title Date Length Category

Housing Law Clinic

2016 ClinicTalks Series

Clinical Instructor Julia Dvanthery and HLS students Micaela Alvarez and William Ahee

03/08/2016
19:44 Audio Play

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.

In the News

  • Student in Housing Law Clinic Helps Elderly Couple Fight Eviction

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  • Housing Law Clinic’s Julia Devanthery wins appeal against Wells Fargo

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Faculty and Staff

Maureen McDonagh (LSC Managing Attorney and Lecturer on Law)
Julia Devanthery (Attorney and Clinical Instructor)

Contact

Housing Law Clinic
WilmerHale Legal Services Center
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-3003
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