Community Economic Development Clinic and Seminar | L4706

The Community Economic Development ("CED") Clinic is a clinical legal education program that provides free transactional (non-litigation) legal services to small businesses, low-wealth entrepreneurs, community-based enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and artists. The Clinic is designed to simultaneously teach student attorneys the fundamentals of transactional practice while providing high-quality and invaluable legal representation to its clients. Through the representation of the Clinic's clients, student attorneys are exposed to the intersection of business law concepts and CED practice. Student attorneys learn that transactional lawyering is preventive lawyering, which involves avoiding conflict, litigation, and other negative outcomes. The Clinic's focus on the legal practice of CED will expose student attorneys to the variety of social systems, government programs, and federal, state, and local government laws that impact their clients. Client work includes drafting corporate formation documents; assisting nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt applications and maintenance of tax-exempt status; drafting and negotiating contracts; and acting as general counsel to both small businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition, students may research issues related to public policies that affect clinic clients and provide community education workshops on substantive law issues pertinent to one of the clinic's practice areas. Students are required to attend a bi-weekly 75 minute seminar. The seminar focuses on both substantive corporate law and transactional lawyering skills and is reinforced with complex simulations that students perform and then critique with faculty.

Prerequisites: Faculty permission and Legal Profession (may be taken concurrently)
Credit Hours: Year-Long Clinic (6 credits per semester, 3 in-class and 3 out-of-class)
ULW: This course meets the Upper Level Writing requirement. (ULW)


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