Poverty Law | L4469

This course provides an introduction to the relationship between law and poverty in the United States, with particular attention paid to how the law shapes the lives of poor people and communities. The course will include readings on the extent of poverty in the United States, access to justice, and selected legal problems (such as housing and homelessness, education, low-wage work, income support and welfare reform), with a focus on the rights-based aspect of poverty law and social policies that attempt to ameliorate poverty. Students will have the opportunity to choose either: (1) a Service Project with a public interest organization (which will meet the Public Service requirement of the law school); (2) a Research Paper (which will meet the Upper Level Writing requirement); or (3) a Final Exam.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course may satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement.

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