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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:

Information for Students

Clinical Program Information

Consumer Law Clinic students explore how the legal system creates and sustains economic injustice.  Specifically, the students:

  • Consumer Law Clinic students Tara and Ali work on homework at the Memorial Union Terrace 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 sarah.orr@wisc.edu

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Student Testimonials

Supportive Learning Environment

CLC students Mary and Joshua pose for a photo in front of a bar.

"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