"I highly recommend the Consumer Law Clinic for one reason: Professor McElvaney. He is a good mentor and has fun working with us students. Also, the caseload I received from him was not overbearing, and I was able to work on a variety of different issues in a single semester."
Ron Sung, 3L
Consumer Practice Clinic, Fall 2011
Consumer Law Clinic Director and Associate Clinical Professor Richard McElvaney
The Consumer Law Clinic is one of the few of its kind in the country. Law students learn the law by a mixture of theory and actual hands-on experience representing low-income clients in Justice Court, County Court, and District Court. Cases include claims under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, as well as credit and debt-collection problems and landlord/tenant complaints. The Consumer Law Clinic has a classroom component that meets for two hours a week for 14 weeks for a total of 28 hours over the course of the semester.
The classroom component provides students with an overview of the law in the areas of law office management (office procedures), interviewing, negotiations, litigation, pretrial and trial procedure, evictions, landlord/tenant law, real estate transactions, home equity loans, consumer law (including DTPA), debt collection, Texas exempt property, community property, bankruptcy, intestate succession and wills. The classroom component meets on a flexible schedule determined each semester by the class schedules of the clinic students.
The Consumer Law Clinic is a 3 or 4 Unit graded course. Prerequisite: Good Academic Standing.
All students accepted into the Consumer Law Clinic must attend a mandatory ½ day orientation on the Wednesday prior to the beginning of classes.
For more information regarding the Consumer Law Clinic contact Rick McElvaney, RMcElvaney@central.uh.edu 713 743-1236.