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Legal Theory and Practice: Community Development (5)

This LTP seminar is designed to expand the community development offerings in the curriculum and satisfy the Cardin requirement. Each term students concentrate on a legal/practical matter of concern to neighborhoods Ė who may be existing clients of the EHCD clinic or similar groups which lack access to needed legal services. The specific topic of the legal work each term is one that has become apparent through faculty membersí work with low-income communities, but for which legal strategies or policies are not yet sufficiently developed to make an effective allocation of legal services by the clinic or for referral to pro bono counsel. The seminar is an opportunity for students to integrate legal theory with their fieldwork as they develop technical legal assistance that supports community-directed revitalization efforts. Studentís legal work includes careful research, analysis, and theory development, in symbiosis with on-the-ground fact investigation conducted with community participants, to bring a potential revitalization strategy to the point where a community can retain specific legal services to pursue its objectives. Students will analyze legal doctrines and devices for the control of or participation in land ownership, use, transfer, finance and income production in community development projects. Examples of student work in past semesters include: the development of legal structures for interior-block community green spaces; models of affordable housing trusts and housing equity partnerships to enhance affordable housing opportunities; and non-profit entity formation on behalf of Baltimore-area communities to assert greater control over the direction of redevelopment projects. The seminar component provides a legal, policy and pragmatic framework for students' work with community members. Likely topics include: Real Estate Development and Finance; The Legal Framework for Government-subsidized Community Development Programs; Perspectives on Housing and Community Development Policies and Practices; Issues of Regional Equity and Strategies of Scale. Time commitments: Students are expected to devote an average of 10 hours per week to their fieldwork, participate in the weekly seminar session, and meet at least weekly in supervisory sessions to discuss the practical, theoretical and ethical aspects of their community development work. A substantial paper presenting the community partnerís problem statement, extended analysis of legal and systemic barriers to achievement of the communityís goals, and proposed problem solution(s), is also required. Papers meeting the requisite standards may be used to satisfy the Certification Requirement. There are no specific courses, pre-requisites or co-requisites. Suitable for evening division students with flexibility in their schedules to meet during the work day by prearrangement. Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a one day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Law Practice Orientation Program the Friday before the first day of the semester in which the course begins.

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Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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