(LAWB-5027) - 4 UNIT

This course offers students valuable experience interviewing clients and preparing pleadings, regardless of whether they plan to practice bankruptcy law. No prior bankruptcy knowledge is required.

Students will work with attorneys from the nonprofit law firm Public Counsel to staff the Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk in Downtown Los Angeles. They will interview and counsel clients considering bankruptcy, and prepare simple motions and other pleadings. Self-Help Desk hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-12 and 2-4.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop public speaking skills by presenting portions of workshops that teach unrepresented individuals how to file bankruptcy. At the end of the semester, students will argue a motion in front of a bankruptcy judge at a mock hearing held at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Students will also be invited to various bar functions for the opportunity to network with bankruptcy judges and lawyers.

Enrollment is competitive and by application only. Application information is available for registered Symplicity users (search job postings) and at

Satisfies Pro Bono Requirement   Experiential Course