Investor Advocacy Clinic

STU_BrowneRyan_IACPresentation Misc_Logo_InvestorAdvocacyClinicThe Investor Advocacy Clinic represents and educates investors while providing a quality educational experience to Georgia State Law students. The clinic is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Georgia State Law.

Educating and Assisting Small Investors

The clinic represents investors who have suffered losses resulting from broker misconduct but cannot afford or find private legal representation because of the size of their claim. The clinic will provide legal assistance and advice to eligible investors who may have claims involving misrepresentation, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, excessive trading (“churning”) and failure to supervise.

How to Become a Client 

Educating Law Students

Under the supervision of experienced faculty, trained law students handle most aspects of representation, including client in-take, interviewing, claim evaluation and preparation, settlement negotiations, and advocacy in mediation and arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Under the terms of the standard agreement between brokers and their customers, investors are bound to arbitrate most claims before FINRA. In addition, students will educate investors on ways to avoid broker disputes.

Learn More About Becoming a Clinical Student 

  • A Look at Investor Households in AmericaBy Fall 2015 Student Intern, Jason Robinson In 2012 the FINRA Investor Education Foundation funded a survey of the investing knowledge and habits of adults ages 18 and up. 25,509 adults were sampled. The results were then interpreted by grouping … Continue reading →
  • GSU Students: Clinic Applications due TodayTo Apply.  GSU College of Law students interested in our Spring 2016 Investor Advocacy Clinic course should submit an application online.  Applications and all supporting materials are due no later than September 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  Incomplete or late applications will … Continue reading →