Course Information

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Area of Study & Practice

  • Business Organization and Finance
  • The Nonprofit Sector

JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Professional Skills

Community Economic Development Law

This course is a broad study of the growing area of community economic development law. It will address the legal, business and policy considerations that underlie efforts to enhance the economic viability of low-income urban and rural communities through the development of affordable housing and commercial real estate, as well as the stimulation of entrepreneurship. Because nonprofit organizations play an important role, both as catalyst and developer, with respect to community economic development, a particular focus of this course will be the legal issues related to the involvement of tax-exempt organizations in this work. In addition to exposing students to the substantive law involved in community economic development transactions, the course will be structured to provide the opportunity to develop practical skills in statutory and regulatory analysis and drafting. Students will also have the opportunity to "lawyer" simulated transactions through the use of case studies. The course grade will be based on class participation and the case studies.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but students have often found that it is helpful to have taken Business Associations, Federal Income Tax, and Exempt Organizations before enrolling in CED Law.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.