Consumer Bankruptcy: Legal Theory and Practice

This Legal Theory and Practice offering focuses on consumer chapter 7 bankruptcy cases and will discuss issues involving chapter 13 bankruptcy cases as well. It includes both a traditional classroom component and an experiential learning component during which students will work with experienced consumer bankruptcy practitioners, in the practitioner’s office, representing pro bono individual debtors in their federal, chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Students will work with the practitioners throughout the semester to counsel pro bono debtor clients, assist the clients in preparing bankruptcy petitions, any related filings, and represent the clients at the chapter 7 trustee’s meeting of creditors. Students will also advise and represent pro se chapter 7 debtors at reaffirmation hearings before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. Students will meet in a traditional classroom setting once per week, during which time students will study applicable theory and doctrine relating to consumer bankruptcy debtors’ and creditors’ rights. In addition, students will discuss, in depth, issues relating to the preparation and filing of federal bankruptcy cases. This six-credit clinic is a terrific opportunity to learn legal concepts involving commercial, collections, domestic, tort, criminal and other areas of law regarding their application in the federal bankruptcy court system while learning the practical, day to day, aspects of working in a law office.

While there is a pre-requisite for this course, it will be waived for students who commit to attend a pre-session orientation review given just prior to the beginning of the semester.

P: Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course