Urban Development Practicum
The Urban Development Practicum provides a broad range of legal services related to real estate and economic development in distressed communities in the region. Students in the practicum are gaining practical experience by working on both real and simulated projects and cases.
Services provided by student attorneys include general real estate matters, title searches, negotiation and drafting of development agreements, preparation of land use cases, appellate land use practice, and attending and participating in public meetings and hearings. Some of the unique topics addresses through the work with clinic clients include conservation easements, land acquisition, zoning issues, and “greening initiatives.”
While providing pro bono legal assistance to neighborhood and regional urban renewal organizations, student lawyers are acquiring and sharpening fundamental lawyering skills critical to addressing community needs and professional responsibilities.
A recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story details how the Urban Development Practicum is playing a key role in the city of Pittsburgh's move toward a greener skyline.