Social Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Students in this year-long clinic represent organizations that are seeking to become not-for-profit corporations dedicated to providing services to underserved individuals and communities. Students interview organization representatives, counsel them about their legal alternatives and options, and represent them before administrative agencies in connection with the various legal steps organizations must complete to become not-for-profit corporations. This includes applying for approval from the requisite state agencies, drafting a proposed certificate of incorporation and submitting it to the New York Secretary of State, assisting the organization to register as a charitable organization with the New York State Attorney General, drafting corporate by-laws and conflict of interest rules, and drafting the application for 501(c)(3) status as a tax exempt organization and submitting it to the Internal Revenue Service. This clinic is of interest to students who are interested in pursuing social change through non-traditional legal means. It is also helpful to students interested in representing for-profit corporations, as much of the work and all of the skills are transferable to for-profit corporation start-up settings.
This clinical course provides students with the opportunity to represent organizations that are seeking to become not-for-profit corporations dedicated to providing services to underserved individuals and communities.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; Corporate Transactions and Governance; General Practice – Transactional
6 Credits (4 credits for the fall; 2 credits for the spring)