Q: Can the Community Development Law Clinic give my organization informal legal advice even if it does not formally accept the organization as a client?
A: No. The CDL Clinic can only advise those organizations that it accepts as clients.
Q: Does the CDL Clinic help nonprofit organizations to form?
A: Yes. Each year the CDL Clinic accepts a limited number of nonprofit startups.
Q: If the CDL Clinic accepts my organization's legal matter, will a fully trained, licensed lawyer review all of the legal work?
A: Yes. Although third-year law students provide most of the legal services provided through the CDL Clinic, all of their work is carefully supervised and checked by the CDL faculty supervisor, who is a lawyer licensed to practice in North Carolina.
Q: Does the CDL Clinic charge money for the legal services it provides?
A: No. Once the CDL Clinic accepts a nonprofit organization as a client, it provides legal services free of charge. However, clients are responsible for paying all filing and administrative fees, and other expenses associated with the representation.
Q: Once the CDL Clinic has accepted my organization as a client, will it "take care of" the matter for me so I can move on to other tasks?
A: No. The CDL Clinic will expect you and/or other representatives from your organization to work collaboratively and consistently with the Clinic. If you and your colleagues do not have time to work collaboratively with the CDL Clinic, you should not ask for its assistance.
Q: Once the CDL Clinic has accepted my organization as a client, can my organization assume that the Clinic will act as its all-purpose attorney?
A: No. Before accepting an organization as a client, the CDL Clinic and the prospective client will agree in writing on the scope of the work to be performed. The CDL Clinic will not go beyond the scope of the written agreement unless the Clinic and client re-draft their agreement.
Q: Is the CDL Clinic open for business year-round?
A: No. The CDL Clinic does not operate during Carolina Law's June-August summer break. CDL students are not available to work during school holidays, including the extended winter and spring breaks. Due to these time limitations, it is imperative that clients and CDL students agree to work schedules and stick to them.