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Spring 2018
5419 Consumer Law Clinic - MCELVANEY- 11811

Professor(s): Richard McElvaney (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

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 final grade average for the course be 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Work performance, attendance, and participation, including turning in all assignments, will count toward your final grade.

Course Syllabus:

Course Notes: Q= 4. This course is graded.  This course is graded.

Accepted students must attend a mandatory 1/2 day orientation held the Wednesday before the first day of classes. A Clinic student group picture will be taken during orientation. Enrolled 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   - Good academic standing.

First Day Assignments:

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