Nonprofit Clinic Student Engagement
An interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunity available to
University of Oregon students in the
School of Law
The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution
Spring Semester 2014 (Law) LAW 707, CRN 61037, 3 credits Winter Term 2014 (PPPM) CRES 610, CRN 27160, 3 credits Pass/No Pass
Class date and time: Thursdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Professor: Susan Gary, School of Law
Learn about nonprofits in action.
Engage with expert consultants, executive directors, and boards of directors.
Build pathways to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations.
The University of Oregon School of Law, the Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) have partnered to create a clinical opportunity for students to apply skills in their respective disciplines while offering a valuable service to the Oregon nonprofit community.
Student teams work with selected Oregon nonprofit organizations (NPOs). The clinic’s focus is: #1) to conduct an organizational assessment of the NPO and prepare a written report and in‐person presentation of assessment findings, and #2) to facilitate a dialogue between the NPO’s Executive Director and Board of Directors regarding recommendations, including the development of an action plan addressing ways to strengthen the organization. Law student participants also evaluate the organizations’ founding documents and provide a group training on core policies.
Each student is assigned to a team that works with three to four nonprofit organizations, supported by an experienced consultant. First, students gather information via document review and an initial meeting (on site if possible) with board and staff of each client organization. After follow up interviews the team prepares a written report of its assessment and assembles a resource packet for the nonprofit’s use in implementing recommendations. The report is presented at a final meeting with the executive director and board of directors and students assist the organization to evaluate which suggestions to prioritize.
A limited number of spaces is available; four students will be selected from each discipline.
- Law: Nonprofit Organizations
- PPPM: One or more of the following: Managing Nonprofit Organizations, Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Board Governance, Financial Management, Nonprofit Management Consultancy, or Strategic Management & Planning
- CRES: Managing Conflict in Organizations
- Participate in a full-day training on January 12, 2013, and a half-day training on January 25, 2014.
- Attend and actively participate in weekly seminars held Thursday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Attend team meetings and work independently producing material for delivery to client organizations.
- Attend nonprofit on‐site meetings throughout the duration of the clinic.