Predatory Lending

Learning Opportunities:

Students in the Clinic work to help low-income student loan borrowers who have experienced predatory lending in connection with for-profit schools. Students gain extensive experience interviewing clients, analyzing loan documents, drafting complaints, drafting and responding to discovery requests, conducting and defending depositions, negotiating with opposing counsel, arguing motions, conducting trials, and engaging in long-term case strategizing. In addition to direct representation of borrowers in court proceedings, arbitration, and administrative actions, some students also have the opportunity to engage in other forms of advocacy, including public education and state and federal testimony on issues important to our clients. Students also have the opportunity to engage in bankruptcy and transactional work; to participate in the Clinic’s Debt Collection Project; and, on occasion, to work on legislative initiatives and impact litigation.

How to enroll:

Students wishing to enroll in this clinic must enroll in the Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinical Workshop A (fall) or B (spring).

Contact Information:

For information about PLP, please contact Roger Bertling, rbertlin@law.harvard.edu, (617) 390-2572