In 2010, CCLS was selected as a recipient of a portion of unclaimed proceeds from a consumer class action settlement. CCLS used this generous gift to form the Consumer Protection Project (CPP). Today, the Consumer Protection Project equips at-risk consumers who might not otherwise be able to afford or access legal representation with the information and advice they need to protect their legal rights in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and the District of Columbus.
As part of the Consumer Protection Project, students attend a weekly seminar, participate in community legal educational outreach, and provide direct client representation. Students assist low-income Maryland and District of Columbia residents on a range of consumer-related matters such as debt collection, wrongful repossessions, identity theft, and credit scams. Students also develop "know your rights" outreach programs, and conduct limited advice clinics for Maryland and District of Columbia residents.
CPP is open to all 2nd and 3rd year students and there are no course prerequisites. Students may sign up for either 4 or 5 credit hours. Both options include mandatory attendance at the weekly class seminar. The 4 credit option requires students to commit 13 hours per week to the project, and the 5 credit option requires students to commit 17 hours per week to the project; this time commitment includes the weekly seminar.
Main Office Phone: 202-319-6788