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For Center for Community Self-Help

Center for Community Self-Help

Corporate - Business Law

Fall; Spring

Banking/Lending; Local Government; Poverty Law/Civil Rights Law

Community Advocacy; Legal Research & Analysis; Transactional Drafting

Work Description


Self-Help is a group of nonprofit organizations consisting of, among others, the Center for Community Self-Help and three financing affiliates, Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union and Self-Help Ventures Fund. Our mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunities for all. In addition to our direct lending, we serve as laboratory for economic development, often working collaboratively with state and national organizations to increase opportunity for low-wealth families throughout the country. The result is stronger families living in stronger communities where people have a greater investment in the future.

Self-Help operates credit union branches and offices in Durham, Washington, D.C., Chicago and throughout North Carolina and California.

DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS: The student will be asked to do legal work in multiple areas of community economic development, including financial services regulation, affordable housing and commercial real estate development, and home and commercial lending. Projects include drafting real estate transaction documents and loan documents and researching various issues related to regulatory compliance for credit unions and community economic development work.


The student will need legal research skills, a strong academic background, and an interest in a career in community development.

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