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221.81 sec. 001 - Student Loan Law (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Suzanne Martindale  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 21, 2021
To March 04, 2021

Course Start: January 21, 2021
Course End: March 04, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32102
Class Number: 32102

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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.  The debt burdens fall disproportionately on women and people of color, exacerbating inequities in our society and creating barriers to building family wealth.

How did the promise of higher education turn into a mountain of debt? And what can we do to fix it?

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. Economic justice, administrative procedure, consumer protection and federal preemption will all be discussed along the way. This course will have a series of written assingments.


Suzanne Martindale is a proud Berkeley alum who is thrilled to be teaching this course for the third 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.)

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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