Fair Housing Legal Clinic

History of the Fair Housing Legal Clinic

The Fair Housing Legal Clinic, a Qualified Fair Housing Organization, is an integral part of education at John Marshall. In 1985 the law school partnered with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities to provide law students with externship experiences working on fair housing cases in a clinical setting. John Marshall transitioned the externships in-house in 1993 and established the Fair Housing Legal Clinic, staffed with full-time attorneys and support personnel to represent victims of housing discrimination.

That same year the Clinic established a testing program to facilitate case development and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act as well as state and local statutes, regulations, and ordinances. The Clinic works closely with local fair housing agencies and organizations and collaborates with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, a Fair Housing Assistant Program (FHAP) agency to combat the problem of housing discrimination in the service area.

For two decades, the Clinic has served clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who have been illegally denied housing because of discrimination under federal, state, and local fair housing laws and ordinances. These are individuals who would not otherwise have access to an attorney. The Clinic is also committed to and engaged in community outreach activities to inform consumers about fair housing law and the services available through the Clinic.

Sarah Orenstein, JD 2012

No other law school clinic offers students as high a degree of independence, and the experience of working so closely with clients strengthened my sense of purpose and professionalism.

Our Clinical Interns

Second and third-year law degree candidates are eligible to gain clinical experience and earn academic credit at the Fair Housing Legal Clinic located at 55 E. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1020. In the past 20 years, hundreds of law students have recognized the value of a practical internship experience. Many of the Clinic alums have gone on to establish successful careers working in private practice, the government or nonprofit agencies or organizations.

We welcome all faculty, staff, and students to visit our location and learn more about the services offered and opportunities available at the Clinic.

For more information, please contact Allison K. Bethel, Clinical Director at 7bethel@jmls.edu.



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Contact Us

Fair Housing Legal Clinic
19 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.786.2267
Email: fairhousingclinic@jmls.edu
Fax: 312.786.1047