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Fall 2024 Clinic

Consumer Protection Clinic

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

Required Class Component: Consumer Protection 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: December 13, 2024.

LLM Students: LLM students may enroll in this clinic through Helios.

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

The Consumer Protection Clinic combats abuses of consumers by the financial services industry and sellers or financiers of consumer goods, and reversing the negative consequences that can result from those abuses.

The Clinic is primarily litigation and involves consumer, bankruptcy, contract, and tort law.

The Clinic:

  • defends consumers against unlawful debt collection practices in state court.
  • represents consumers in affirmative litigation against high cost and abusive creditors.
  • represents consumers seeking a fresh start through petitions for bankruptcy.

We enforce the rights of our clients using the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, federal and state debt collection laws and other federal and state consumer protection laws.

Students in the Clinic gain extensive experience with a variety of practical skills, including: interviewing clients, analyzing financial documents, drafting complaints, participating in discovery, developing litigation strategies, and occasionally, federal and state policy advocacy.

For more information on the Consumer Protection Clinic, see our website or call Roger Bertling at 617-390-2572.