The Community Economic Development Clinic trains law students to represent community-based organizations in projects designed to create jobs, build affordable housing, and provide critical services in low-income neighborhoods. Working in partnership with local community organizations, students provide legal support to a variety of nonprofit and for-profit entities engaged in efforts to promote and preserve economic opportunities across Los Angeles. In addition to representing community groups on live cases and campaigns, clinical students also examine important legal and policy issues related to contemporary CED programs and undertake in-class exercises that focus on the unique aspects of counseling, drafting, and negotiation in the CED context.


Community Economic Development is taught by Scott Cummings



Recent Projects:

    •      In partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, clinic students worked on a campaign organized by a broad coalition of local groups in Long Beach to negotiate community benefits in connection with the city’s downtown revitalization plan. 

    •      Under the supervision of attorneys from Public Counsel, clinic students participated in final negotiations of a community benefits agreement in connection with a proposed mixed use development south of downtown Los Angeles; as a result of the campaign, the developer agreed to incorporate a community health clinic in the final plans.

    •      Clinic students worked on a number of projects in collaboration with the Community Benefits Law Center, including the recent campaign by the Unidad coalition to negotiate community benefits in relation to USC’s expansion, and LAANE’s Don’t Waste LA campaign to establish effective and safe recycling and waste management practices in the region.

    •      In addition, students regularly work with lawyers at Public Counsel's Community Development Project to represent low-income entrepreneurs starting small businesses and structuring nonprofit organizations for community-based groups.

For more information about the clinic, unit credit, enrollment and any prerequisites click HERE.

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