Law, Poverty and Opportunity

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MON 3:55 - 5:45 pm JON 6.257

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Co-taught by Parisa Fatehi-Weeks and Ranjana Natarajan.

This course will cover a range of poverty law issues, including how poverty is measured, major themes in poverty law, and the most important constitutional law cases. Specific issues will include: welfare, work, housing and land use, health, education, criminalization, and access to justice. We will also spend time on the relationship between market forces and public policy, including an opportunity to apply learnings to a current policy issue.

At the end of the course, students will:

  • improve their logical reasoning when faced with alternative fact patterns or rules
  • learn the basic substantive material of Poverty Law so that they can bring that knowledge into practice following law school
  • be able to put themselves into the shoes of different parties, understanding how parties to a dispute will view things from their unique perspectives 

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice *
Brodie, Juliet M., Pastore, Clare, Rosser, Ezra, and Selbin, Jeffrey
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. , edition: 2


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
07/28/2023 Instructor(s) updated