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Fall 2020
5419 Consumer Law Clinic - MARQUEZ, Ryan- 11941

Professor(s): Ryan Marquez (OTHER FACULTY)

Credits: 4

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:   The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

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 fro the Consumer Law Clinic will be provided.

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)

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

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (4/17/2020 3:37:25 PM)

Special Case

Course Materials: All books required for the Consumer Law Clinic are provided.