288.01 Consumer Bankruptcy & Debt

This course uses consumer bankruptcy as a lens to study the role of consumer credit in the U.S. economy and society. The class will focus on the key aspects of the consumer bankruptcy system, including who files bankruptcy, what causes bankruptcy, the consequences of bankruptcy, and the operation of the bankruptcy system. We will discuss each of these issues in the larger context of consumer debt and consumer law, and will also cover the foreclosure crisis, student loans, and issues related to debt, race, and gender. The readings will come from law and non-law sources, including the work of a variety of social scientists.

Due to substantive overlap in material for the coming semester, students may not concurrently enroll in Law 288: Consumer Bankruptcy & Debt and Law 586: Current Debates in Bankruptcy Law. However, if you've taken one of the courses in a previous semester and wish to take the other, that will be permitted.

Spring 2021

Course NumberCourse CreditsEvaluation MethodInstructorMeeting Day/TimesRoom
Reflective Writing
Research paper option, 25+ pages
Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
Oral presentation
Class participation
Sara Sternberg Greene
10:30 AM-12:20 PM
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.288.01.Sp21
Email list: LAW.288.01.Sp21@sakai.duke.edu
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