Community Economic Development Clinic

The Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic is a component of the Small Business Law Center that provides legal assistance to eligible nonprofit organizations and small businesses that stimulate economic growth in communities of need. The CED Clinic works with individuals and organizations throughout San Diego County to help strengthen individual and community infrastructure. In addition to individual representation, the CED Clinic conducts legal information seminars at local chambers of commerce, trade organizations, and social services providers that promote community economic development. The CED Clinic has a wide range of clients but prioritizes assisting those who are unemployed, under-employed or are based in low-income communities.

The CED Clinic is now accepting requests for services from potential clients. The ideal client will have an existing business, or at least an outline of a business plan, and a willingness to work with law students.

The CED Clinic provides legal assistance in the following areas:

  • General business advice
  • Business formation and operation
  • Contract review and negotiation
  • Commercial leasing
  • Nonprofit tax exemption
  • Independent contractor and employment issues
  • Permitting and licensing

The CED Clinic provides a wide variety of legal assistance, but does not represent clients in court. Also, the CED Clinic is not able to accommodate walk-in requests at this time, so please follow the guidelines below.

In order to qualify for representation, a potential client will be required to make financial disclosures for the CED  Clinic to determine eligibility. To find out if you are eligible for our services, please complete the Request for Services Form. For more information about our services, please call 619.961.4382.

Students who participate in the CED Clinic will assist clients by forming business entities, drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, and guiding clients through the regulatory process. The CED Clinic experience will provide students with practical opportunities to develop skills in problem solving, client development, drafting and critical thinking. Go to the Community Economic Development Clinic Student Eligibility and Requirements webpage for more information on the student application process.

Community Economic Development Clinic

Small Business Law Center

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

495 Eleventh AvenueSan Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.961.4382Fax: 619.961.1382



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