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Public Interest Litigation Short Course

This short course will examine the practice of public interest law in the United States. The course will consider how public interest litigators identify problems to address through litigation, select an issue to litigate, and develop a litigation strategy. Students will explore issues associated with representation of individuals who cannot afford legal representation as well as the problems and possibilities involved in impact litigation. Readings will include articles, legal pleadings, and case studies that allow analysis and exploration of the tensions and challenges that exist within the legal system for public interest practitioners. Pass/Fail.