Howard University

Fair Housing Clinic

Fair Housing Clinic (FHC)

Valerie Schneider, Interim Clinical Director, Associate Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney

The Fair Housing Clinic is composed of a basic (Fair Housing I) and advanced (Fair Housing II) curriculum, each of which awards four (4) credits per semester. There is no prerequisite for Fair Housing Clinic I.

All students enrolled in the Fair Housing Clinic will have the opportunity to assist real clients with legal problems related to their housing. Under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, students take on full responsibility for researching legal issues, counseling clients, negotiating with opposing parties, participating in mediations, and, when appropriate, appearing in court or before administrative tribunals. Students may also have the opportunity to pursue policy changes, issue public comments on proposed regulations, and otherwise advocate for housing justice.

The Fair Housing Clinic allows students the opportunity to study various aspects of both public and private housing throughout the United States, and places particular emphasis on the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and D.C. laws and regulations related to discrimination, housing conditions and landlord-tenant issues. In addition to serving as Student Attorneys, Fair Housing Clinic 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. Students also engage in a variety of community education and outreach events.

Both 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible to apply for enrollment in this clinic. Students who wish to enroll in the clinic for a second semester, may, with the Supervising Attorney’s permission, enroll in Fair Housing Clinic II. Students in Fair Housing Clinic II will be considered “advanced students” and will be expected to take on additional leadership roles in cases and outreach events, and will complete special projects under the Supervising Attorney’s direction.

updated: October 9, 2015