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About the Consumer Law Clinic

For over thirty years, the Consumer Law Clinic has provided legal services to people who cannot afford to hire an attorney while educating law students through hands-on training in the dynamic practice of consumer protection.   

The CLC represents clients in a range of matters arising from consumer credit transactions including: 

The CLC also helps homeowners facing foreclosure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  In addition, the CLC also advocates for protections against unscrupulous and predatory business practices for all Wisconsin consumers. 

Information for Students

Consumer Law Clinic students are saying:  

"The Consumer Law Clinic is the best part of my Law School experience.  Applying what I’ve learned in the classroom and working with a dynamic and supportive group has been an amazing opportunity for growth.  I've really enjoyed the chance to learn and grow while giving back to the community." 

“…the Consumer Law Clinic experience has been my greatest teacher by far.” 

“Throughout my 1L year, I began to lose sight of why I wanted to become a lawyer.  The Consumer Law Clinic reaffirmed my reasons.  I work directly with clients.  I also affect the ‘big picture’ by standing up for consumers in the legislative process, increasing access to the courts and raising awareness of consumer rights.” 

“The chance to represent my client in court and see justice done is something that just cannot be beat!” 

Consumer Law Clinic students study a broad syllabus of consumer law and explore how state and federal policies create and sustain economic injustice.  Specifically, the students: 

The CLC will be offered for the fall and spring semesters (2022-23), for a total of 6 experiential learning credits.  Students must enroll for 3 credits for both semesters.  The CLC does not satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.  

Director Sarah Orr loves to talk about the Consumer Law Clinic with students! Contact her at sarah.orr@wisc.edu

Information for the Public

The Consumer Law Clinic (CLC) provides assistance and information to Wisconsin consumers with legal problems involving businesses such as debt collection, repossession, fraud and misrepresentation, unfair business practices, high-cost credit from payday and online lenders, and foreclosure. Clients receive services from trained law students with close attorney supervision. 

CLC can help with these types of problems:

CLC cannot help you with:

Individuals seeking services can call 608-263-6283. If you would rather we reach out to you instead, you can fill out the form linked below. 

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