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Community Justice Clinic

The Community Justice Clinic serves as general counsel for nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, and social enterprises. The Clinic's clients work for human rights, social justice, economic development, and empowerment for vulnerable people around the world.

Clinic students practice across three main areas. In corporate practice, students serve and counsel clients with formation, governance, and compliance matters. In policy and advocacy practice, students serve clients with research, strategy, and writing to advance our clients' work in the world. In general and transactional practice, students work with clients to answer questions, resolve problems, and advance deals that expand clients' capacity to serve their communities.

The Clinic and its clients are at work on some of the most pressing issues in the nation and the world, including homelessness, human trafficking, refugee migration, sustainable agriculture, access to education, and gender violence. Our clients are creating markets for economic empowerment of poor and excluded communities. Our clients are advancing systems for dignified work for day laborers and farm workers. They are advocating for children's rights and indigenous people.

The Clinic's clients are changing the world at home and abroad. Our clients are at work in California and the U.S. They are present and engaged in China, Ecuador, India, Iraq, Germany, Nepal, Somalia, and the United Kingdom. Our practice is local and international with significant work in comparative law, international transactions and compliance, and policy research across borders.

These are a few of our clients doing heroic work in the world:

Counsel to Secure Justice, working for restorative justice in India,

Justice Revival, working human rights in the United States,

Justice Ventures International,  working to liberate enslaved people in Asia,

Kibo Group International, working for community empowerment in Uganda,

Malibu Community Labor Exchange, working for dignified labor in Malibu,

Medicine for Humanity, working to heal women and train doctors in Uganda,

Social Justice Fund for Ventura County, working to for community empowerment in California,

The Abundant Table, working for sustainable agriculture and just communities in California.

Professor Jeff Baker directs the Community Justice Clinic and supervises students' work. In the Clinic seminar, students learn the law, practice skills, hone strategies, and explore the ethical and moral questions of lawyering. In practice, students work with increasing independence to accelerate their readiness for practice after graduation. The Clinic teaches for transfer, so that lessons learned in clinical practice inform students' careers in any area of law. Students complete the Clinic with clearer expectations about the profession and better prepared to serve clients. Along the way they advance justice in the world doing some of the best work of their careers.

For more information about the Clinic's course or practice, contact Prof. Baker at jeff.baker@pepperdine.edu or 310-506-6350.