Tenants’ Rights Clinic

Tenants' Rights

The Tenants' Rights Clinic is designed to allow law students to represent low-income tenants in litigation and administrative hearings. Cases primarily involve evictions from public and subsidized housing, terminations of Section 8, and denial of affordable housing applications.

Each student is assigned several cases during the semester and may:

  • Represent tenants to help them avoid homelessness and preserve their housing
  • Represent clients at mediation, administrative hearings or court
  • Interview clients, investigate cases, and research legal issues
  • Negotiate with opposing parties, draft pleadings and discovery
  • Represent resident councils and groups of residents who want to improve their living conditions

While most cases involve some appearance in court or in an administrative forum, the number of appearances is dependent on the cases assigned. Some cases may go to trial and most settle. There are also some opportunities for appellate advocacy.

Prospective Students: Tenants’ Rights Clinic Requirements

Class Time Commitment & Requirement
The Tenants’ Rights Clinic is a graded, 6 credit hour, one semester clinic, offered in the Spring semester. This clinic entails a very substantial time commitment in addition to the time spent preparing for and attending class meetings. The Clinic has a classroom component on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. at Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI).

Students are also required to hold office hours at LSGMI for 12 hours each week. Because students will be representing clients, hearings may be scheduled in court on short notice and outside the scheduled clinic hours.

Prerequisites
Preference is given to students with Certified Legal Intern  (CLI) status, but it is not required.

WHY THIS CLINIC? The Student Experience
Listen to students talk about the great feeling they got “helping [clients] hold on to the one thing they have...their home" and how this clinic has been "one of the best experience I've had in law school because everything was hands on.”

 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone
: 305-576-0080
Webwww.lsgmi.org
LSGMI will be in a new, yet-to-be determined location.

CLINIC DIRECTOR
Jeffrey Hearne, who was recently named among Florida's Legal Elite, directs this clinic. This high honor is given to only the top 2 percent of government and non-profit attorneys in the state.