Civil Rights Clinic 2017-2018


The Civil Rights Clinic: Focus on Housing provides students with the opportunity to represent clients in litigation and develop and implement advocacy campaigns. The clinic includes fieldwork and a co-requisite seminar component.

The Clinic

The Civil Rights Clinic: Focus on Housing. This year’s Civil Rights Clinic will focus on housing rights. New York City is about to adopt Intro 214A, ground-breaking legislation that will make New York City the first jurisdiction in the United States to guarantee counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction. The Clinic will provide students with the skills and background doctrine needed to work in this rapidly growing field. Selected students will work under faculty supervision and with advocates in civil legal services programs, as well as with community-based and citywide housing rights organizations. Students will have the opportunity to represent individual and organizational clients in litigation and to participate in housing rights-related advocacy campaigns, including advocacy related to the adoption and implementation of Intro 214A.

The seminar portion of the clinic will cover the laws and policies that foster and/or frustrate the ability to secure and retain decent, affordable housing in safe communities, including areas such as: housing financing and community development; housing discrimination; forms of housing tenure; housing subsidy programs; regulation of the landlord-tenant relationship; community organizing; eviction and foreclosure; gentrification and displacement; and homelessness

Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; Real Estate and Land Use; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution

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Full-Year Clinic
5 credits in the Fall, 3 credits in the Spring

Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement
Enrollment is Limited. Registration is Binding.

Instructors: Professor Kim Hawkins and Distinguished Adjunct Professor Andrew Scherer
Course Description
To Apply to this clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page