Community and Economic Development Clinic
The Community and Economic Development Clinic provides transactional legal assistance to nonprofits and community-based organizations in the City of Detroit and surrounding areas. Students engage in the supervised practice of law, assuming primary responsibility for all matters affecting your clients. Under close faculty supervision, students are responsible for all aspects of representation -- interviewing and counseling clients; planning; researching; drafting correspondence, memos, and legal documents; managing relationships with clients and others; negotiating agreements; and implementing client decisions. The Clinic works with new and established organizations. You will learn various substantive areas of law. Most students work with several clients on several matters throughout the term.
The Clinic's goals are to provide first-rate legal services to sustain effective organizations and build institutions that provide needed services and opportunities in under-served urban communities and contribute to the economic development of the region while providing our students the opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities by doing actual "lawyering."
Students interested in corporate, government, or public-interest practice should enroll in the course. The Clinic helps prepare students for work with organizational clients, while giving them an introduction to opportunities for transactional attorneys to serve the community, as well as government, public-interest and commercial organizations, through pro bono, board service, and volunteer work.
The seminar is a time for reflections and discussion. We explore the practice of law, the Clinic's clients and issues facing the community and the region. We use simulation exercises to explore lawyering skills. Through the client work, students will identify legal issues, research them, consider different alternatives and implement client decisions.
Students receive seven credits for the Clinic: three for the seminar and four for the client work. Each component is graded separately. The CEDC meets the New York Pro Bono requirement.
The Clinic fulfills the Law School's professional responsibility requirement for graduation, but does not fulfill the New York State Bar ethics requirement.
The Clinic can either fulfill the Law School's professional responsibility requirement for graduation or the credits can count toward the Experiential Learning requirement, but not both.
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