Consumer Bankruptcy: Legal Theory and Practice

This clinic offering focuses on bankruptcy, mainly in the context of Chapter 7 and 13 consumer cases. It includes both traditional classroom and experiential learning components during which students will represent debtors pro bono in their pending cases, under the supervision of an experienced practitioner in the fields of commercial and bankruptcy law. Throughout the semester, students will counsel their clients, assist them in preparing bankruptcy petitions and related filings, and will provide representation at their Section 341 meeting of creditors. Students will also have the opportunity to advise and represent their clients at 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 they will study theory and doctrine applicable to bankruptcy and debtors’ and creditors’ rights. Students will also discuss practical issues relating to the preparation and filing of federal bankruptcy cases. Students enrolling in this clinic will receive a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn advanced legal concepts involving bankruptcy, commercial, collections, domestic, tort, criminal and other areas of law within the bankruptcy system while also 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.

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