The General Practice Clinic: Consumer Protection will be offered for 5-7 credits (studentís choice), in the fall and spring in 2014-15. It is a one semester clinic that satisfies the Cardin requirement. Using federal, state and common law, the Clinic helps people enforce their rights under our consumer protection laws.
Students will work under the supervision of Professor Millemann and other lawyers, including lawyers in Civil Justice, Inc. (a not-for-profit legal services organization), private lawyers in solo and small firms who are part of the Civil justice Network, lawyers working with the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center, and perhaps lawyers working with consumer protection agencies like the Attorney generalís office and Legal Aid. Selected students will also spend part of their time working with the Community Law in Action program to teach high school students about consumer law.
The legal issues will relate to debt collection, foreclosures, consumer fraud, car loans, and transactions involving credit cards, among others.
Unless excused by Professor Millemann for a compelling reason, fall semester Clinic students are required to take Consumer Financial Protection Law from Professor Peter Holland for two credits (as a course) or three credits (as a seminar). Students who enroll in the spring 2015 Clinic are required to take either Consumer Financial Protection Law in fall, 2014, or Advanced Topics in Consumer Law: Class Actions, Arbitration and Preemption, in spring, 2015 for either two credits (as a course) or three credits (as a seminar).
Students will conduct interviews and investigations (including reviews of documents), give advice to clients, research and write memoranda and pleadings, help prepare clients for trial, and, if possible, appear in court. Students will generally work in teams of two.
Classroom time will be devoted to teaching skills and professionalism and access to justice issues, with substantial focus on the creation and management of solo and small firm practices and their role in providing legal services to low and moderate-income clients.
Through the classes and legal work, the students will learn how to develop and implement a self-education plan; interview and counsel a client; investigate a case; analyze statutes; write pleadings and memoranda; develop and implement a case plan; prepare for trial; manage time; and work in teams.
Students must be prepared for and participate in class and will keep a bi-weekly journal (one to two page entries).
Students who enroll in this clinic are encouraged to take one or more of the following: Evidence, Legal Profession, Business Associations, and Bankruptcy.
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|569q (CRN: 26636) Credits: 7|
Spring, 2015 (Day).
|569q (CRN: 26635) Credits: 5|
Spring, 2015 (Day).