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Community Development Clinic

The Community Development Clinic (CDC) is a UMass Law in-house clinic. Students, working under the supervision of a professor, spend one semester representing small businesses and non-profit organizations in the SouthCoast area of Massachusetts.

Legal work includes:

  • drafting corporate documents
  • preparing state and federal filings
  • conducting legal audits
  • researching legal issues
  • reviewing contracts

Students may also have the opportunity to:

  • research new developments in the law
  • make presentations to boards and employees of nonprofit organizations
  • assist clients engaging in small for-profit business activity

Clinic students attend a weekly two-hour seminar, which provides training in relevant legal topics such as:

  • practical skills necessary for representation
  • legal drafting and public speaking skills
  • reflections on and consideration of ethical issues arising in practice

If you're interested: Contact the Clinical Programs Coordinator.

To apply: Complete the Community Development Clinic application form and the Clinical Program application form.

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