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SC Department of Consumer Affairs

Volunteers will conduct research and assist the Department staff attorneys on emerging issues that affect SC’s consumer population. These issues include identity theft, mortgage fraud, debt collection, vehicle sales & service, credit problems. Another service opportunity includes interviewing consumers who have requested assistance from the Department.

Training: On the job

Purpose of Organization

  • To provide opportunities for law students to work along side the attorneys and clients in the consumer protection system in SC
  • To provide skills development and enhancement opportunities for law students
  • To create an awareness of the problems and rewards of being a consumer advocate
  • To observe and participate in the processes of a state agency

Requirements or Qualifications

Law students must:

  • be in good academic standing
  • complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  • have an interest in consumer law

Responsibilities of Organizations

The SC Office of Consumer Affairs must:

  • agree to properly supervise the work of the law student
  • provide clear and timely instructions
  • seek opportunities to expose the students to various tasks
  • provide feedback when possible.

Responsibilities of the Students

The students must:

  • communicate effectively and efficiently with the SC Department of Consumer Affairs and the supervising attorney
  • complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  • seek assistance when needed
  • perform duties professionally
  • treat this volunteer opportunity as if it was a paying or for-credit position

Skills Opportunities

The following Core Skills may be associated with this particular volunteer opportunity. Not all tasks will contain all of these skills. See the complete Core Competencies & Skills Inventory for more details.

  • Core Skill: Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • Core Skill: Writing Skills
  • Core Skill: General Research Skills
  • Core Skill: Critical Reading Abilities
  • Core Skill: Task Organization and Management
  • Core Skills: Professionalism