Summer I 2020
5419 Consumer Law Clinic - MARQUEZ- 13439
Ryan Marquez (OTHER FACULTY)
Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships
Time: ARRANGED Location:
Course Outline: This course is a practical course involving representing actual clients with their legal
issues. You will be working on cases filed in Justice, County, and District courts. Most of
your cases will relate directly to consumer law, including landlord and tenant law, real
estate issues, deceptive trade practices, debt collection, bankruptcy, negotiation strategies,
and lease drafting. After completing this course, students will have the necessary legal
and practical knowledge to represent consumers effectively upon starting to practice law.
Regular participation in the clinic is required. You must work 50 hours per course credit
hour. There is a weekly staff meeting class that last approximately 1 ½ hours. The time
of the class will be determined after I receive all of the clinic students’ schedules. In the
event that our class needs to be rescheduled, I will give you advance warning by email.
This will not happen often, but may happen from time to time. All postponed/cancelled
classes will be rescheduled.
This is a clinical University of Houston Law Center course. Accordingly, Law Center
policy requires the applicable curved scale. Work performance, attendance, and
participation, including turning in all assignments, will count toward your final grade.
I am available to discuss your cases any time I am here at UHLC. My office is in KH –
213 and my phone number is (713) 743 -2169 (UHLC). If you do not find me in my
office, you should feel free to call me at any time or email me regarding questions. My
cell phone will be available for you to contact me at any time as well. You may call me at
any time if you have a problem that cannot wait until regular school hours.
Course Syllabus: Syllabus
Course Notes: Quota= 4. This course is graded. Accepted students must attend a mandatory 1/2 day orientation held the Wednesday before the first day of classes (Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis by instructor).
All books required for the Consumer Law Clinic are provided.
In order to avoid students being unable to take the consumer law clinic because of class
conflicts, the CLC class will be arranged at a time mutually convenient to enrolled clinic
students. The CLC class time will be announced during the first week of classes.
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2; Interviewing and Dealing with Clients
Part 3: Courthouse Area Visit
Part 4; Negotiation
Part 5: Civil Litigation
Prerequisites: Yes - Completion of 45 credit hours - Good academic standing
First Day Assignments: ASSIGNMENTS
1. Initial Meeting
Bring completed Third Year Bar Card application, $15 check made out to “State Bar of
Texas’, a listing and times of your other classes (and time you are otherwise unavailable
to meet), as well as your proposed clinic work hour schedule.
2. Clinic Reflection Paper
3. Final De-briefing (Last Week of Classes)
4. Client Self-Help Brochure (Student selects topic) (Last week of Class)
Final Exam Schedule:
This course will have:
Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No
Experiential Course Type: clinic
Bar Course: No
DistanceEd ABA 306:
Pass-Fail Student Election:
Course Materials (4/17/2020 2:50:50 PM)
Course Materials: All books required for the Consumer Law Clinic are provided.