law housing group

Student attorneys in their last two years of law school represent clients in housing related matters, including eviction defense, post-foreclosure matters, discrimination, public and subsidized housing, and consumer protection matters related to housing. 

Students will have significant live client contact, and will interview and counsel clients, prepare pleadings, discovery, and memoranda, prepare and argue motions, and conduct negotiations, administrative hearings and trials. Students handle administrative matters before various housing authorities, housing discrimination matters before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and housing cases in Boston Housing Court and Chelsea District Court. Students also will have the opportunity to participate in the Housing Court's Lawyer for the Day Program.

Suffolk has received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to operate a housing discrimination testing program. Students may have the opportunity to handle discrimination matters arising from this testing program. Students also may have the opportunity to help design and coordinate housing discrimination tests.

Preference may be given to students who have relevant foreign language skills or who have taken or will enroll in trial advocacy as of the fall 2013. Students must be available for Thursday morning court appearances on housing cases.

  • Full-year clinic
  • 8 credits (4 credits per semester/letter grade)
  • Contact:  Prof. William Berman, wberman@suffolk.edu