The Housing & Community Development Legal Clinic provides transactional legal assistance and is the only
clinic at DePaul that teaches students to be a deal lawyer. Clinic
students have the opportunity to negotiate and draft contracts,
negotiate deals, research legal issues, draft client memoranda, evaluate
business issues with the client and the client’s business team, and
engage in extensive client counseling. They also serve as the primary
legal contact for at least one client and work in teams to collaborate
on relevant client issues.
Students work in one of two areas:
- Policy work on real estate related issues
- Corporate and transactional work
The clinic offers students opportunities to learn how to practice as a
business or corporate lawyer, as well as to gain experience in real
estate, community and economic development, affordable housing and
The yearlong, 8 credit hour clinic (4 credits per semester),
includes a seminar that meets twice each week. Students learn about
affordable housing law and public policy, poverty law, the public policy
behind cultural competency and the financial analysis of real estate
development. In addition, students receive instruction in contract
drafting, negotiation and transactional drafting, among other skills.
The clinic also offers a series of classes on the legal and policy
evolution of affordable housing, using the public housing in Chicago as a
Law school clinical teaching fellowships.
Professor Lawton and her research assistant, Joanne Moon, collected a
listing of clinical teaching fellowships known to be available as of
April 2012. This is a non-scientific gathering of information and is
meant for informational purposes only. Please contact Professor Lawton
directly for any updates, additions or corrections.