Fordham Law

Civil Litigation: Tax & Consumer Protection Clinic

Through income tax and consumer protection cases, students in the Civil Litigation Clinic litigate in federal, state and local courts and advocate in pre-litigation administrative proceedings.  Clinic cases involve tax controversies, consumer fraud, consumer debt collection, identity theft, and predatory lending.

Student-attorneys: interview clients; evaluate the merits of claims and defenses; draft and respond to motions, briefs, pleadings, and other court papers; argue motions; negotiate settlements; strategize; and otherwise provide full representation to our clients. (This Clinic provides legal services only, and not tax preparation, bookkeeping or accounting services.)

Our clients are day care providers, home-health care aides, barbers, nurses, waiters, clerks and small business owners, who often lack the sophistication to defend themselves against well-heeled commercial lawyers and the government.


Credits: 5 (2 seminar, 3 casework)

Type: CLN

Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? Yes

When is this course offered? Fall and Spring semesters

Pre-requisites: Fundamental Lawyering Skills

Additional information: Preference will be given to students who have completed one or more of the following courses: Income Taxation, Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection, New York Practice, Real Estate, Commercial Law, Professional Responsibility, Evidence.