Community Development Law Clinic

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Our Community Development Law Clinic (CDLC) is one of the oldest community development law clinics in the country. Founded in 1988, it provides representation for not-for-profit organizations and businesses involved in improving low-income communities. The caseload also includes representation of low and moderate income individuals starting businesses and buying homes for the first time. Student attorneys practice transactional law for clients engaged in activities such as the development of affordable housing; creation of business and job development programs; creation and development of community centers, after-school programs, day care centers, neighborhood advocacy organizations, disability advocacy organizations, and community development corporations.

Students Can Expect

Students will represent clients in all aspects of corporate entity formation, and provide general counsel representation to corporations once formed. Student attorneys will interview, counsel, and advise corporations; analyze documents; negotiate transactions; troubleshoot with state and federal agencies; research diverse areas of law; and represent first-time home-buyers and corporate entities at real estate closings.

The CDLC offers students the opportunity to learn about the following areas of law:

  • Business law
  • Transactional law 
  • Economic justice
  • For-profit and not-for-profit corporations law
  • Law of tax exemption
  • Real estate law
  • Contracts and leases
  • Copyright and trademark law

Credits & Requirements

  • 2 Semester (full year) Clinic
  • 6 Credits per semester
  • 20-25 Hours per week time requirement

Pre- or Co-Requisites:

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Estate Transactions I (Suggested)


Deborah Kenn
Associate Dean of Clinical & Experiential Education
Director, Office of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Community Development Law Clinic
Professor of Law

Jessica Murray
Co-Director, Community Development Law Clinic