The DePaul Legal Clinic was recently spotlighted as one of the city’s best. Earlier this month, the National Law Journal included the College of Law's clinical programs in its Best of Chicago 2012 awards, reader’s choice recognition of the top legal programs in Chicago. The award follows DePaul's recent unveiling of the Housing & Community Development Legal Clinic.
Established in spring 2012, the Housing & Community Development Legal clinic aids in the preservation and expansion of affordable housing in Chicago. It was developed and directed by Assistant Clinical Professor Julie Lawton, former senior supervising attorney to Georgetown’s housing law clinic.
The new clinic offers students opportunities to provide transactional legal assistance to small for-profit and nonprofit organizations engaged in affordable housing and community development work. Law students work with the institute to provide legal perspective in the development of policy initiatives to support the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing in the city. The Housing & Community Development clinic is aligned with the Institute for Housing Studies, an affordable housing research center in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business.
DePaul University has a long tradition of community-based service learning, and the College of Law continues to exemplify this practice through its legal clinics. In the DePaul Legal Clinic, students have worked to defend copyright and trademark issues, represented clients in immigration court, drafted and negotiated housing contracts, and represented clients convicted of felony offenses in the appellate court.