Housing Law Clinic (LSC)

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Student Work

The Housing Law Clinic represents tenants who are facing evictions by banks or other lenders. The bulk of the clinic’s work consists of litigation in the Boston Housing Court, defending evictions and prosecuting affirmative cases to improve housing conditions and to prevent utilities from being shut off. 

Students engage in:

  • client interviewing and counseling;
  • fact investigation;
  • pre-trial discovery (including taking and defending depositions), negotiation, and motion practice; and
  • trying cases in court.

Students also have the opportunity to engage in community lawyering and mobilization efforts and to work on legislative and other law reform initiatives.

This clinic is part of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC's diverse clinics provide clinical instruction to second- and third-year law students and serve as a laboratory for the innovative delivery of legal services. Students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of clinical instructors and fellows in one of LSC's litigation clinical practices.

Clinical and Course Information

For registration information, see the 2015-2016 clinical curriculum

Faculty and Staff

Maureen McDonagh (Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Julia Devanthery (Attorney and Clinical Instructor)


WilmerHale Legal Services Center
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Last modified: April 15, 2015

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