Community Development Clinic

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Community Development Clinic

In the Community Development Clinic, advanced law students, certified by the State of Indiana to practice law as legal interns, offer free non-litigation legal services to nonprofits and small businesses. Working under the supervision of Prof. Jim Kelly at the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center, the student interns advise, prepare documents and represent clients regarding a range of business, nonprofit and real estate law matters. For example, we help clients:

  • structure and form non-profit organizations, corporations, partnerships, and LLCs;
  • counsel boards and staff as to their legal duties and “best practices” in running a non-profit or small business; help qualifying organizations apply for “501©(3)” or other tax-exempt status;
  • draft and review contracts;
  • advise and represent clients on the leasing, purchase and sale of real property;
  • help clients understand their licensing, employment and other regulatory compliance obligations.

Student interns can also provide trainings for groups on specific areas of the law and advocate for changes in the law itself when called for.

Upper-level law students work directly with clients, in pairs or individually, and take primary responsibility for all client matters under the guidance of full-time law school faculty. Students receive law school credit and classroom sessions and meetings that provide guidance and support on client issues. Students gain experience working with clients within a structured educational framework, while helping to strengthen underserved local communities from within.

For more information or an application, contact Prof. Jim Kelly at J.Kelly@nd.edu or 574-631-7637

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Legal Aid Clinic
725 Howard Street
South Bend, IN 46617

P: 574.631.7795
F: 574.631.6725