University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2016

Course Description
This course explores the role of lawyers in work for social change. We will study the development of legal claims, the issues that arise when lawyers work with community organizations, and the ways activism works through both litigation and legislative action. Middle-class people have a hard time finding attorneys to help with major problems, and legal assistance for poor people is inadequate and underfunded. How can legal help be funded, organized, and delivered to people who need it? Guest speakers who have built self-sustaining innovative legal practices will tell us how they chose their paths and made them work. This year, the course will place new emphasis on two areas: finding approaches and solutions to the pressures of student debt on choices made by students and graduates; and new approaches to organizing law firms and agencies to meet legal needs, develop interesting legal practices, and qualify for federal loan forgiveness. The major paper may be written by one student or a team; it may be a case study, or a study of new approaches to debt or public service practice.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2016 - 11-29-2016   MW  3:30 PM-4:50 PM F209

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every other year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Reflection papers and one short paper(individual work); major paper (may be individual or team)
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Social Justice - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
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Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-5869
Office: G386