Course Number: LAW 6812 Credits: 3
Designed to enhance students’ ability to address legal problems of the poor. Introduces some of the major benefits programs, common structures and issues in those programs, and policy debates about the community’s role in addressing problems of poverty. Cases delineating clients’ rights in government programs will be studied. Students will address whether lawyers have a special obligation to represent the poor, and issues that arise in representing disadvantaged populations. Because federal and state statutes governing benefits programs are often unwieldy, students will be given practice in reading and interpreting these statutes.