Predatory Lending Prevention/Consumer Protection Clinic (LSC)

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Student Work

The Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic focuses its advocacy efforts on preserving and protecting equity for low- and moderate-income homeowners, combating abuses in the consumer financial services, debt collection, and for-profit college industries and ensuring equal and fair access to credit markets. The practice is primarily litigation and involves consumer, bankruptcy, real estate, banking, and tort law. 

Students gain extensive experience:

  • interviewing clients;
  • analyzing loan documents;
  • drafting complaints;
  • drafting and responding to discovery requests;
  • conducting and defending depositions;
  • negotiating with opposing counsel;
  • arguing motions; and
  • engaging in long-term case strategizing.

The clinic is part of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC was founded nearly 30 years ago as a clinical practice program for Harvard Law School students, and delivers high quality civil legal assistance to the community. The Legal Services Center'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. LSC students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of clinical instructors and fellows in one of the Center's litigation clinical practices. In addition to its academic year clinical program, LSC also operates a summer program for law students to gain experience in legal services.

Clinical and Course Information

For registration information, see the 2015-2016 clinical curriculum

Faculty and Staff

Roger Bertling (Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Max Weinstein (Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Toby Merrill (Senior Clinical Fellow)  
Brandon German (Community Outreach Coordinator for the Mattapan Initiative) 


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

Last modified: March 20, 2015

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