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221.81 sec. 001 - Student Loan Law (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Suzanne Martindale  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 136
    From January 14, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32030

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 5
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

If you're a Berkeley student, chances are overwhelming that you're taking out loans to pay for school. These days most people in the U.S. - roughly 7 in 10 students - leave post-high school education with debt.  But do you know your legal rights as a student loan borrower?   

In this course, students will develop a solid foundation in student loan law that helps them understand their own loans. The course will also cover ongoing litigation and policy developments at the state and federal level that touch on student debt. Consumer protection, administrative procedure and federal preemption will all be discussed along the way.


Suzanne Martindale is a proud Berkeley alum who is thrilled to be teaching this course for the second year in a row.

Off campus, as Senior Policy Counsel & Western States Legislative Manager for the nonprofit organization Consumer Reports, Suzanne engages in policy advocacy on a range of consumer finance and economic justice issues. She lobbies frequently before the California Legislature and has served on several rulemaking committees at the U.S. Department of Education to urge stronger protections for student borrowers. She is also a Fellow at the Student Borrower Protection Center.

Suzanne received her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 2010; M.A. in the Humanities from The University of Chicago in 2005; and B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley in 2003.   

(Oh and she has student loans, too - so feel free to ask her about her own experience repaying them.)

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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