What is a legal clinic?
Legal clinics are law offices owned and operated by UMass Law. There are two clinics located on campus.
Students involved with the on-campus law clinics represent low-income clients under the supervision of faculty members and/or experienced practitioners both in court and at administrative hearings. Students also counsel clients on a variety of legal matters outside the courtroom setting.
For participating students, law school becomes a real-life experience, beyond the academics.
Clinic clients—who would be otherwise under-represented—benefit from quality legal representation for their claims.
Immigration Law Clinic
Southeastern Massachusetts has significant immigrant populations, often with special legal needs.
The Immigration Law Clinic began operating in the fall of 2002 and provides quality legal services to members of the immigrant community throughout the region.
Located on the first floor, with direct access from the outside for the convenience of its clients, the Immigration Law Clinic is a suite comprised of:
- director's office
- conference room
- reception area
- large work area equipped with computer workstations and desks
Community Development Clinic
The Community Development Clinic offers students two clinical opportunities.
The Nonprofit Clinic provides students with the opportunity to practice such skills as drafting and filing incorporation documents, revising bylaws, and assuring compliance with various laws and regulations.
The Small Business Clinic assists entrepreneurs with choice of entity and drafting formation documents.
The Community Development Clinic, located on the first floor in Room 118, provides a productive work environment with:
- large, flexible space suitable for large or small student and/or client meetings
- six computer workstations
- large worktables
- five telephone lines
- full complement of office equipment