Information for Students

The SBCED Clinic gives students the opportunity to translate theory into practice. Students gain experience in client interviewing and counseling, developing legal judgement, and other lawyering skills such as corporate and contract drafting, and legal negotiation. Students learn about all phases of small business development from creating business plans and financing options as well as the many regulatory and tax requirements imposed on small businesses by the federal, state, and local governments. Students write legal memoranda, conduct legal research, draft articles of incorporation, bylaws, and contracts, and file trademark applications. Past Clinic students have enjoyed the experience and some have even started their own busiensses and reconsidered how to operate existing businesses.

Students are selected based on their potential to provide high quality, client-centered legal services to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, artists, and social enterprises. Faculty will consider a student’s interest in and commitment to public interest transactional work and the importance of teamwork and collaboration in law practice. Faculty aim to select a class with different backgrounds, experiences, and interests, but also a common desire to serve clients and gain lawyering experience. 

Every year, the Clinics hold an Open House where faculty are available to answer questions about their respective clinics. Students may also contact Professor Jones or Alice Hamilton Evert to discuss the Clinic or ask specific questions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2L and 3L students are eligible to apply. 
  • Prerequisites: Law 6250 (Corporations) and Law 6300 (Federal Income Tax)
  •  Recommended: Law 6472 (Copyright) and 6474 (Unfair Competition & Trademark Law).

For more information, and to apply, please login to the Portal.  Application materials are posted approximately one month prior to the registration period for the following semester.


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