Consumer Law Clinic

The Consumer Law Clinic provides comprehensive advocacy to consumers through policy analysis, community education and outreach, and direct representation of consumers.

The Consumer Law Clinic teaches students the skills of lawyering while exploring a community-based approach to consumer law. As advocates for consumers and veterans exploited by predatory lending practices, students will investigate potential consumer protection claims and provide direct representation in state and federal court for violations of California's Unfair Competition Law and other unfair and/or deceptive business practices. Direct representation may also include drafting amicus briefs in consumer cases, filing complaints with regulatory agencies, and disputing inaccuracies in consumer credit reports.

In furtherance of the clinic’s mission, students will have the opportunity to analyze finance industry regulations and legislation through white papers, public comment, and empirical research. To increase community impact and address the growing needs of consumers, students will develop self-help materials and conduct community education and outreach to help protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices.