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Fall 2017
LAW708  AS  BANKRUPTCY CLINIC

Course Description
The Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic at Miami Law offers pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and entities that are dealing with financial problems. The Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida established the clinic. Miami Law offers it as a one semester or a two-semester, six-credit elective that pairs students into teams to represent clients under the mentorship of experienced attorneys.

How Students Benefit from Participating in this Clinic
• Hands-On Learning – Students have the opportunity to practice on real cases in federal bankruptcy court. These can be chapter 7s, chapter 13s, contested matters, adversary proceedings which can include cases such as fighting to help the debtor discharge student loans. Also, students may counsel with respect to financial distress and solutions to problems.
• Expert Mentorship – Students are placed with mentor bankruptcy attorneys in the community who really are at the top of their game from firms such as Kozyak Tropin and Genovese Joblove Battista.
• Unparalleled Networking Opportunities – During the clinic students meet prospective future employers and attend numerous of bankruptcy events in the community such as View From the Bench, and numerous other Bankruptcy Bar Association events.
• Fantastic Support – Clinic Director Patricia Redmond , Clinic Coordinator and mentor attorneys provide ongoing support, help and advice.
Clients are referred to the clinic by the Dade County Bar Association, and sitting judges of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

http://www.law.miami.edu/clinics/index.php

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-14-2017 - 11-21-2017   T  7:30 PM-9:20 PM F302

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: • Successfully completed 48 credits • Familiarity with the Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Corequisite: The Eleanor R. and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic is a one or two semester (fall/spring) or (spring/fall) course for a total of three (3) credits for each semester. Students are evaluated on a graded basis on the following criteria: 1) Classwork and Class participation 2) A journal and other written assignments 3) The mentors’ evaluation of the student in connection with their client representations
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Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
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Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Family & Personal - Related
Social Justice - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information

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