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7898. Clinic: Transactional (Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative)

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students participating in the Transactional Clinic serve as "junior associates" for the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative, Inc. (CULI), a nonprofit law firm, located on the law school campus. The clinic offers students experience performing transactional work for nonprofit and governmental clients. CULI┬┐s clients include community-based organizations, housing authorities, municipal entities, and other entities. Students work under the supervision of CULI faculty/attorneys and apply their lawyering skills when performing transactional work, including substantial reviewing and drafting of contracts and other documents, negotiating, performing real estate closings, and assisting in other legal matters. CULI expects students to interact frequently with CULI attorneys and their clients, help assess client needs, and support CULI attorneys in providing their clients with legal assistance. The classroom component involves a weekly two hour seminar in which CULI attorneys/faculty provide the theoretical and practical foundation necessary to perform effectively in CULI's areas of expertise. Seminars may include how to apply various state and federal statutes to actual client matters, how to perform a title search and real estate closing, and guest lectures. This is a one semester clinic, but students have the opportunity to continue their work through individual externships or supervised research projects.