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Poverty Law

This course will explore the range of legal and policy issues affecting the ability of low-income families and individuals to access the most basic necessities of life.  We will examine both the unique challenges of practicing poverty law—at both the direct-service and impact-litigation levels—and the substantive law governing access to adequate health care, housing, food and nutrition, and financial support.  We will pay special attention to the impact of contemporary welfare reform and health care reform efforts.