Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic Overview
The George Washington University Law School Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic (SBCED Clinic) provides free start-up legal assistance to selected area businesses, nonprofit organizations, artists, and social enterprises.
The purposes of the SBCED Clinic are to provide skills training to George Washington University law students as part of the Law School's clinical legal education program and to provide legal assistance to selected small businesses, nonprofit organizations, artists, and social enterprises that cannot afford to pay a lawyer. Clients are seen by appointment only. Many of our clients are microbusinesses comprising 1-5 persons with less than $35,000 in start up capital.
The SBCED clinic does not handle litigation, draft business plans, engage in financial negotiations, develop loan packages, or prepare tax returns. Clients are expected to seek the services of an accountant or tax advisor.
The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics were founded in 1971, and were dedicated in 1991 to acknowledge the generous support of Jacob Burns (LL.B. '24, LL.D. '70). Burns was renowned for his philanthropy, through which he "contributed significantly to the expanding boundaries of knowledge," and left an enduring legacy that improves the lives of many today.