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The Community Development Law Clinic is a two-semester clinic in which third-year students provide corporate and transactional counsel to North Carolina nonprofit community development organizations. The CDL Clinic aims to help students develop skills in corporate and transactional law while serving the legal needs of under-resourced North Carolina communities.

CDL students work on a wide variety of business law projects including:

  • Forming corporations and limited liability companies.
  • Spinning off subsidiaries for existing nonprofit corporations.
  • Advising organizations regarding local, state and federal taxation.
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts on behalf of nonprofit organizations.
  • Helping structure joint ventures between nonprofit and for-profit entities.
  • Obtaining necessary state licenses for nonprofit program.

Students take primary responsibility for interviewing clients about their legal needs, structuring the legal projects, negotiating on behalf of their clients and drafting all necessary legal documents. Depending on the scope of the project, students are assigned to clients individually or in teams.

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106


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