Consumer protection law can cover the sale and advertising of goods, services, and consumer financial products like credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages. It encompasses issues like false advertising, scams, predatory lending, unfair debt collection, and foreclosure. As a result, consumer protection issues can be closely intertwined with housing and economic security. Consumer protection can also involve the use of legal tools like bankruptcy to help consumers access relief from the impacts of oppressive consumer debt.

Consumer protection lawyers may spend their careers providing direct representation to consumers (for example at a legal services nonprofit or a small law firm) by using the court system to seek redress for unfair or deceptive business practices or defending against lawsuits brought by banks or debt collectors. They may also work for a state or federal agency that enforces consumer protection laws, or for an organization focusing on policy reform. Consumer protection lawyering often involves litigation (individual or class action), mediation, and engaging in legislative or other policy advocacy to address the unequal bargaining power in consumer-business transactions and to protect consumers at a systemic level.

What to Do If You Are Interested in Consumer Protection Law

Georgetown Law Courses

  • Consumer Finance
  • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
  • Class Action Law and Practice

Georgetown Law Seminars

  • Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Consumer Protection Law Seminar
  • Approaches to Consumer Protection
  • The Law of Deception Seminar

Georgetown Law Clinics

  • Civil Rights Clinic
  • Civil Litigation Clinic

Helpful Consumer Protection Law Resources

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