The Tenants Advocacy Practicum is a setting in which students:
The course carries 3 credits: 2 credits for participation in a weekly seminar meeting, and 1 credit for 42.5 hours of casework performed between orientation and the end of the exam period.
Under faculty supervision, students in the practicum will provide direct services assistance to clients. Each student will interview clients to ascertain their legal issues and objectives, engage in appropriate legal research, draft memoranda applying the law to the operative facts, and provide approved advice or advocacy. Students may draft pleadings for cases in local courts and, on occasion, appear (virtually or in-person) in court. There may also be opportunities to circulate tenants’ rights information to the community in collaboration with the Ithaca Tenants Union.
In parallel with their casework, Tenants Advocacy Practicum students will participate in a two-hour weekly seminar meeting about New York landlord-tenant law, the causes and effects of eviction, racial equity in housing, and the civil right to counsel. Ethical issues related to the attorney-client relationship, defining the scope of representation, and conflict-prevention will also be addressed. The seminar will include case rounds, lectures, and discussions of assigned readings. There may also be an opportunity to have cross-clinic sessions and guest lectures throughout the semester.
To apply, students should submit a brief statement of interest in the online application process on the current student community website.