Consumer Litigation Clinic

Consumer Litigation

Watch Prof. Marcella Silverman, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Consumer Litigation Clinic, discuss the case of PRA v. King.



Want experience with drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and appearing in court?

Looking to join the community of public interest and private lawyers who are enforcing the rights of low-income consumers against merchants, lenders, assignees, and credit reporting agencies?


IN THE CONSUMER LITIGATION CLINIC, legal interns represent consumers in federal, state and local courts against lenders, debt collectors, and merchants. Often, our clients are sued on debt they do not owe, or have had judgments entered against them in procedurally defective collection suits.  We raise available defenses under state and federal law, as well as, affirmative claims under common law, the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the FTC Holder Rule, and other consumer protection statutes.
Working under the close direct supervision of a full-time attorney professor, clinic students are expected to take primary responsibility for all aspects of their cases – drafting complaints, answers, replies, motions and briefs; appearing in court to argue motions and appeals and to try cases; interviewing and counseling clients; conducting legal research to evaluate the merits of claims and defenses; and negotiating with opposing counsel.
As a clinic student, you'll also join volunteer lawyers from throughout New York City (including many Fordham Law alums) to provide advice and assistance to unrepresented consumer defendants at CLARO (Consumer Legal Assistance and Referral Office), and limited representation through Volunteer Lawyer for the Day program in the NYC Civil Court.

Prof. Marcella Silverman
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Consumer Litigation Clinic