About the Consumer Law Clinic
Wisconsin laws safeguard every person’s right to basic financial security, especially when they are in debt. The Wisconsin Constitution says, “[T]he privilege of the debtor to enjoy the necessary comforts of life shall be recognized by wholesome laws, exempting a reasonable amount of property from seizure or sale for the payment of any debt or liability….” Art. I, § 17.
The Consumer Law Clinic:
- educates law students to become empathetic and effective lawyers;
- provides legal assistance to Wisconsin consumers, focusing on debt defense and garnishment protections; and
- works to increase access to the civil legal system for underrepresented Wisconsin residents.
Information for Students
Clinical Program Information
Consumer Law Clinic students explore how the legal system creates and sustains economic injustice. Specifically, the students:
- practice in a collaborative, supportive, and dynamic team;
- gain key professional skills such as interviewing, investigating facts, representing clients, communicating with a variety of audiences, and researching and applying statutes;
- reflect upon their journeys to becoming lawyers;
- become well-informed consumers themselves; and
- discuss contemporary issues in consumer protection.
The CLC will be offered for the fall and spring semesters, for a total of 6 experiential learning credits. Students must enroll for 3 credits for both semesters. The CLC does not satisfy the Law School Upper-level Writing Requirement.
Director Sarah Orr loves to talk with students about the CLC! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supportive Learning Environment
"It's such a privilege to have the time and space to grow." - Susan
"The dynamic and supportive clinic environment empowers students." - Joshua
"I gained a sense of independence and confidence in my abilities." - Mary
"I regularly looked forward to clinic days because our work felt collaborative and meaningful." - Nate
Direct Client Interaction
"The CLC opened my eyes to a major human rights crisis [the American consumer debt crisis]...Any student who wants a deeper understanding of the challenges everyday people face should join the CLC." - Alex