Supervised Externship - Bankruptcy

Members of the bankruptcy bar in Northern Virginia run a free Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic to help individual consumers with questions or problems related to bankruptcy, including how to prepare voluntary bankruptcy petitions and other papers that must be filed to initiate a bankruptcy case.  These will be individual consumers who cannot otherwise afford to engage and pay for an attorney to help them prepare the necessary papers. Students are invited to participate in the court clinic through a one-credit externship program. Students will conduct initial interviews of the individual consumers in order to identify for the attorneys the help the individuals need. This is an opportunity for students to have direct client contact and counseling along with experienced bankruptcy lawyers. The course will meet at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 200 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. Students must have previously taken a course in Bankruptcy Law or must receive permission of the instructor to participate. Special permission will be granted to students who have not taken Bankruptcy Law but have clerked for or otherwise worked for a bankruptcy lawyer or a bankruptcy judge. Students completing the course will receive one out-of-class credit and the course will be graded “CR/NC.”  The course is offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.