Howard University

Fair Housing Clinic

In the Fair Housing Clinic, students work directly with clients on housing discrimination and landlord-tenant matters as advocates, researchers and advisers, and engage in innovative and targeted community education and outreach projects. In addition to working directly with clients, students may be trained as “Fair Housing Testers,” allowing them to identify and investigate discriminatory housing practices, which may ultimately form the basis for a Fair Housing lawsuit.

The Fair Housing Clinic has two sections to accommodate students who wish to take a second semester of the clinic. Each section is offered as a four-credit, semester long clinical course. In the classroom component, students will study various aspects of the provision of public and private housing in the United States, including the laws prohibiting discrimination, according to race, gender, disability, family size, etc. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and amendments of 1988, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act and other state and local proscriptions on discrimination in housing. Additionally, students will study D.C. laws and regulations related to tenancies and housing conditions.

Students in the Fair Housing clinic may be required to obtain student bar licenses issued by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. If so, the Supervising Attorney will give you a date that your application is due. CLC will then obtain the Dean’s certification and submit the applications to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Returning students must successfully complete the initial semester and be approved for enrollment by the Supervising Attorney. Returning Fair Housing Clinic students also receive 4 credits for the semester long clinical course and will take on leadership roles in casework and in the design and implementation of outreach and education programs. New students are required to participate in a mandatory orientation program. The clinic is open to second and third year students.

updated: September 7, 2015