Community Preservation Clinic
Students in the Community Preservation Field Placement will develop transactional and litigation skills while exploring a community-based, multi-faceted approach to preserving housing and communities. Projects include advocating for borrowers in foreclosure mediation, representing borrowers in state and federal court, and developing systemic strategies to address community blight. The clinic provides direct legal representation to homeowners facing foreclosure as part of the McLean County Mandatory Mediation Foreclosure Program. In this program, the Clinic evaluates loan documents and mortgage foreclosure filings to advise homeowners facing foreclosure and represent them through the mediation process. If a legal defense presents, the Clinic will potentially represent the client through the litigation process.
Sequence and Prerequisites: It is recommended that you have taken or are concurrently enrolled in Professional Responsibility (Law 680). Students must be eligible for certification under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license which requires, among other things, completion of 45 semester credits prior to the semester in which the license would be effective.
Evaluation: Students will gain skills in client interviewing, memo preparation, regulatory agency contact, administrative agency contact, negotiations with lenders, and litigation. This is a graded course; students' grades are based on their performance in the course.