The Fair Housing Law Clinical Program at Howard University School of Law
Howard University School of Law announces the opening of an innovative new Fair Housing Clinical Program that is poised to serve as a national model for comprehensive clinical education programs.
The Law School has received a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to design, organize and operate a fair housing legal-clinical program and to develop fair housing legal curricula that will train and educate law students and lawyers about fair housing rights and obligations. Howard Law’s new Fair Housing Clinical Program will be a model that can be replicated at any law school in the country, and will offer innovative and cutting-edge academic programming, including expanded course work in housing and civil rights and a clinical program open to second and third year law students that will train future fair housing lawyers and allow them to work on real life cases while still in school. Students will be involved in every aspect of the Program, including its training and education programs.
Other innovative aspects of Howard Law’s new Fair Housing Clinical Program will include:
- A Legal Clinic focusing on the provision of legal assistance and the training of law students in the substantive law, advocacy, policy and litigation of fair housing cases;
- A Peoples Civil Rights Law School for community members;
- An Attorney Training Program that gives practicing attorneys the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge of the housing litigation;
- Staffing and operation of a Resource Center and website that is easily accessible to the public;
- Production of a mock trial training video, with the use of student and focus group juries, that can be used in a variety of academic and training venues;
- Sponsoring a series of curriculum development training programs for other HBCU Law Schools: and
- Sponsoring a Moot Court Competition for law school students on fair housing related issues and a Scholar-in Residence Program, wherein a nationally-recognized legal scholar in housing will meet with student groups and faculty to discuss issues that affect the provision of fair housing at the national level.