Consumer Law Clinic

Information for the Public

The Consumer Law Clinic (CLC) provides assistance and information to Wisconsin consumers with legal problems involving businesses such as debt collection, repossession, fraud and misrepresentation, unfair business practices and high-cost credit from payday and online lenders.  Clients receive services from trained law students with close attorney supervision.  

Individuals seeking services can call (608) 263-6283 or visit the CLC's community intake on Tuesdays, 9 - 11 AM, at the Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton St., Room L1000 in Madison.  No appointment is necessary, but individuals should bring all papers related to their questions.

The CLC can help with these types of problems:

  • You're being sued for a debt you don't recognize;
  • Your earnings are being garnished by a creditor; 
  • A debt collector is threatening or harassing you;
  • You bought something based on misrepresentation or fraud;
  • You received a foreclosure lawsuit and want to know your options; or
  • You think a payday lender, auto-title lender or rent-to-own shop has violated your rights.

The CLC cannot help with: 

  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal law
  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Faulty products
  • General civil cases, such as disputes between private parties
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Insurance denials
  • Personal injury
  • Public Benefits
  • Traffic tickets
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Workers' compensation

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