The Small Business Clinic is a one-semester clinic for 5 credits offered in the fall and spring. Working under the supervision of faculty who are experienced legal practitioners students provide legal counsel and transactional legal services to small businesses and non-profit organizations. The clinic is designed to meet two needs: (1) to offer much needed assistance to struggling small businesses and non-profit corporations who would otherwise have difficulty in affording the cost of conventional legal services, and (2) to provide students with a high quality clinical experience where they can learn transactional legal skills and gain experience with things such as interviewing, opening and maintaining files, and delivering a polished and high quality work product to their clients.
The Clinic provides assistance with matters such as business entity formation, contracts (of all kinds), non-profit corporation formation, tax advice, intellectual property registration (copyrights & trademarks), and leases.
- Credits: 5 graded credits
- Time Commitment: The time commitment averages 17 hours a week, including case work, supervision, and the seminar. Part-time students have priority for registration and work can be completed during evenings and/or weekends.
- Recommended: Business Organizations and Federal Income Tax
- Selection Criteria:
1. Fourth and third-year part-time students.
2. Third-year full-time students.
3. Second-year full-time students.
- Certified Legal Intern Certification Required: No