Poverty Law

Academic Year

This survey course will cover historical and contemporary policy debates about poverty in the U.S. Topics will include the constitutional treatment of poverty, as well as the legal and policy treatment of questions of access to specific social goods, such as housing, health care, education, and legal services. We will also discuss "hot topics" in the field, such as criminalization of poverty, international perspectives on poverty, wage theft, immigration and access to justice. Materials will include practice-derived materials, contemporary commentary as well as scholarly treatment of the issues. Students with a range of backgrounds and perspectives on the issues are encouraged to enroll.