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266.5 sec. 1 - Poverty Law, Policy and Practice (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Jeffrey Selbin  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Th 4:25-6:15
Meeting Location: 134

Course Start: January 10, 2013
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51242 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49882

This course will provide an introduction to the relationship between law and poverty, including the relevance of doctrine, policy and practice to the significant inequality in income, assets and basic social goods impacting tens of millions of people in the United States.

We will begin by considering historical and contemporary trends in domestic poverty, policy perspectives on social relief, and the legal framework under which poverty-related claims have been adjudicated. Grounded in data, theory, and doctrine, we will then explore modern government anti-poverty program and issues such as welfare, employment, housing, healthcare, education, family and childcare, criminalization and legal aid/access to justice. We will conclude by considering non-traditional approaches to combating poverty, including market-based solutions and international perspectives, with an emphasis on what role law, lawyers and legal institutions can play in such efforts.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society
Public Law and Policy

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