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Spring 2021 Seminar

Housing Law Clinical Workshop

Required Clinic Component: Housing Law Clinic (3-5 spring clinical 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: December 4, 2020.

LLM Students: LLM students interested in this clinic should be in contact with the clinic directly.

The Housing Law Clinical Workshop provides students, who are enrolled in the Legal Services Center’s 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. 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, especially in student led case rounds discussions. This workshop is a required component for students working in the Housing Law Clinic of the Legal Services Center.

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 in Court.

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