5497 Civil Justice Clinic I - MARQUEZ, Ryan/KRASNY- 23906
Fred Krasny (ADJUNCT)
Ryan Marquez (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])
Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships
Time: 4:00p-6:00p T Location: 312
Course Outline: Students will represent clients in connection with a wide range of Texas civil litigation matters, including family, guardianship, probate, landlord/tenant, deceptive trade practices, real property, bankruptcy, and debt-collection. Representation will include court/trial appearances, mediation, negotiation, document drafting and case investigation.
The Clinic has a classroom component that meets for two hours each week over the course of the semester. The classroom component will focus on (a) cultivating students’ civil litigation practice skills, (b) introducing substantive law topics within the Clinic’s practice areas, and (c) reviewing and discussing the Clinic’s active cases.
Students must apply to the Clinic by submitting the online application at https://uhlc.wufoo.com/forms/m1263f5v0xj9tln/. Students should not attempt to enroll themselves in this course. If you are accepted, the Clinic Program Manager will enroll you via the Office of Student Services. For fullest consideration, please apply before course registration opens.
Students must work in the Clinic 50 hours per course credit hour.
Course Syllabus: Syllabus
Course Notes: (Face-to-Face) The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.
Accepted students must attend a mandatory 2½ day orientation held from Wednesday to Friday before the first day of classes. A Clinic student group picture will be taken during orientation. Students will receive a separate email with additional information.
The date and time of orientation can be found in the Clinic webpage at
Prerequisites: Yes Completion of 30 credits. Good academic standing.
First Day Assignments:
Final Exam Schedule:
This course will have:
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No
Experiential Course Type: clinic
Bar Course: No
DistanceEd ABA: No (no more than 1/3 of the class sessions have the instructor separated from all students via technology)
Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)
Course Material (Required)
Richard M. Alderman, Texas Consumer Law: Cases & Materials (2020/2021 ed.). ISBN: 978-1605031392.
Other materials will be posted under “Texas Consumer Law” on “Blackboard”, which may be accessed on the ‘UHLC webpage” under the “Students” link.
You can access Texas statutes online at: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/
4170 Martin Luther King Blvd
Houston, TX 77204-6060
713-743-2094 Legal Clinics