LAW 640: Community Development Clinic
Prerequisite: 30 units completed; Pre or Corequisite: LAW 525 and LAW 585.
Students, supervised by a law school professor, spend one semester representing small businesses and non-profit organizations in the South Coast area of Massachusetts. Work includes drafting corporate documents, preparing state and federal filings, conducting legal audits, researching legal issues, and reviewing contracts. Students may also have the opportunity to research new developments in the law and make presentations to the board of directors and employees of nonprofit organizations. Students will also study the law of, and assist clients engaging in, small for-profit business activity. Clinic students attend a weekly two-hour seminar that will provide training in the relevant legal topics, as well as in practical legal skills such as legal drafting and public speaking skills. Students will also reflect on and consider ethical and other issues arising in practice. Students will average 10 hours weekly on their clinical work. Graded.