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Consumer Financial Law & Regulation

The markets for consumer financial products play a dominant role in the U.S. and global economies. Consumer law issues also underlie high-profile public policy concerns at both local and national levels. Decisions on consumer law issues impact numerous other important topics, including access to courts vs. mandatory arbitration, unlawful discrimination, the economic stability of traditionally underserved communities, and ultimately, the overall stability of a global economy that remains anchored in residential real estate and their associated financial instruments.

Even before the financial crisis of 2008, consumer financial law was increasing in importance within the legal community, among both litigators and policymakers. Through this course, students will gain practical knowledge about a growing field of legal practice. The course will engage students in the basic principles, legal theories, and policy debates of consumer financial law and regulation. It focuses, in particular, on the federal consumer law statues and implementing regulations - and their state law parallels - that establish the legal framework for consumer finance. Students will be provided with opportunities to sharpen their analytical skills through assigned readings, classroom discussions, and written assignments.

The course is designed to provide a solid basis in consumer law as a “stand-alone” course, or for those students interested in exploring consumer law issues in greater depth, as a complement to the Consumer Protection Litigation class.

This class is offered every other year, alternating with Consumer Protection Litigation.