Students in this yearlong clinic will provide transactional legal assistance to non-profit organizations and small businesses.
Under close faculty supervision, students will interview and counsel clients; plan and strategize on matters; research relevant questions of law; draft correspondence, memos and legal documents; manage client relationships; and negotiate agreements. Students will take primary responsibility for work with multiple clients on a variety of matters such as entity formation, governance, contracts, intellectual property and regulatory compliance. Clients range from start-ups to more mature entities. Clients generally come from or benefit low-income communities, and all are unable to afford market rates for legal services. This clinic helps prepare students for work with organizational clients and introduces students to opportunities for transactional lawyers to further economic, environmental, racial and social justice.
The Nonprofit & Small Business Clinic is comprised of seminar and fieldwork experience for both fall and spring semesters. During the fall semester, twice-weekly seminars focus on substantive areas of law, ethics and lawyering skills. Students will prepare for and lead case rounds in which they discuss issues raised in and reflections on their fieldwork. Students will be expected to regularly devote 12-16 hours per week including both seminar and fieldwork, and to spend additional time as required by their matters. Both the fieldwork and seminar components in the fall semester and spring semester are separately graded on a letter basis. Grades for both semesters are posted at the end of the spring semester.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; Corporate Transactions and Governance; General Practice –Transactional
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Pre/Co-requisites: Corporations, Tax (Recommended).
Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement.
4 CREDITS each semester. (Full Year Course)
Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding.
For Potential Clients
Please visit our website: www.nyls.edu/smallbizclinic for more information about becoming a client of this clinic.