Oregon Law’s Nonprofit Clinic
Innovative Program Benefits Oregon’s Entire Community by Supporting Nonprofits and Educating Students.
The University of Oregon School of Law’s Nonprofit Clinic is a dynamic interdisciplinary program that strengthens Oregon nonprofits while providing graduate students in Law, Public Policy and Conflict Resolution with hands-on experience.
Student teams, closely supervised by professional consultants, assess the organizational health of selected nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in the areas of management, governance, conflict resolution, and legal compliance. In addition to providing detailed recommendations for improving governance, the Clinic’s legal team reviews NPO’s legal instruments and advises on action needed to assure compliance. The services are provided free of charge.
To date the Clinic has served organizations working in the following areas:
Consider this: Over 33% of all Oregonians volunteer, one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the U.S.
There are over 15,000 registered 501(c)(3) charities in Oregon, and their workforce comprises twelve percent of all private sector jobs in the state.
- Art, Culture & Humanities
- Civil Rights & Advocacy
- Environmental Amelioration & Advocacy
- Human Services
- Domestic Violence Services
- Healthcare & Counseling
- Housing and Shelter
- Recreation & Sports
- Youth Development
- Community Based Dispute Resolution Services
- Adoption Services
- International Support & Partnership
By addressing the real-world needs of participating NPOs the student’s work reaches the entire Oregon community which depends on nonprofits for a broad array of critical services and cultural enhancements. The state’s economy has been ravaged by the recession and cuts in timber subsidies. Given the prevalence of ballot initiatives and the public’s disinclination to approve tax levies, Oregonians place extremely high reliance on nonprofits for many essential services traditionally in local government’s purview.
As they provide valuable service to the NPOs and the broader community, the students reap significant professional benefit. They are the next generation of nonprofit leaders and volunteers in training.