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.