For 20 years, indigent tenants in Chelsea and Revere facing housing-related legal issues have turned to Suffolk. They’ve often found help with other issues as well.

Evening students in the landlord-tenant clinic work out of Suffolk’s open-door community office in Chelsea. They meet clients, develop cases, and present them before Chelsea District Court or local housing authorities. The clinic handles about 80 clients in a year.

But, practicing holistic law (understanding that a person may be facing a web of legal issues), students also provide legal advice short of full representation. They support Greater Boston Legal Services lawyers, and provide referrals to social agencies and other Suffolk clinics, including family advocacy, health law, and immigration.

Students staff the office for one two-hour evening shift a week. In addition, they have a one-hour weekly class focusing on the development of lawyering skills, and landlord-tenant law. Preference is given to Spanish-fluent students.

  • Full-year clinic, only open to evening students
  • 6 credits (3 credits per semester, pass/fail)
  • Contact:  Prof. Stephen J. Callahan,