Housing Law Clinic

Housing Law Clinic

Ms. Maureen McDonagh
Spring 2018 clinic
3, 4, or 5 clinical credits

Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Housing Law Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: January 12, 2018.

LLM Students: Due to Massachusetts Court Practice rules, LLM students are not eligible to enroll.

Placement Site: WilmerHale Legal Services Center (Jamaica Plain).

As part of a broad coalition of legal services providers and community organizers, Housing Clinic represents tenants and foreclosed upon owners who are facing eviction. The work is done as part of a movement to effect change in the community and the bulk of the clinic's work consists of litigation in the Boston Housing Court. Students defend evictions and prosecute affirmative cases to improve housing conditions and prevent utilities terminations. Students engage very actively in client interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, pre-trial discovery (including the taking and defending of depositions), negotiation, and motion practice, as well as trying cases in court. Students also have the opportunity to engage in community lawyering and mobilization efforts with long term community partners and to work on legislative and other law reform initiatives. Students participate in a Boston Bar Association Attorney for the Day Program and offer "game day" advice to unrepresented litigants in Court on the day of the litigants hearing or trial. As eviction cases are first scheduled by rule on Thursday mornings, students find it helpful if they are available for clinic work on Thursdays (from around 8:30 to 1:00) as many opportunities arise through the Attorney for the Day Program to argue contested motions and negotiate live client cases.

The clinic is part of the Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. 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 clinic directors, instructors and fellows and have an opportunity to meet students and advocates working in many areas of the law.

For more information on the Clinic, contact Lecturer/Clinic Director Maureen McDonagh, mcdonagh@law.harvard.edu, (617) 390-2542.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice, Family, Gender & Children's Law, Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance