Small Business Clinic Fieldwork (SD 526)
The Small Business Law Center (SBLC) at Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides legal assistance and representation to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits that do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them. Students who participate in the SBLC will have the opportunity to assist clients by forming their entities, drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, and helping clients through the regulatory process. Students will be guided during representation by a licensed California attorney but students will have primary responsibility for their cases. Students enrolled in the SBLC are required to participate in weekly class meetings that focus on the lawyering skills necessary to effectively represent clients. In addition to discussing client interviewing and counseling techniques, students will also focus on substantive areas of law that are relevant to students' cases, including issues of professional responsibility. Participation in the SBLC satisfies the Professional Skills graduation requirement. Students who participate in the SBLC are eligible for 3 or 4 units of live client work. Each unit is equivalent to 5 hours per week. The required clinical seminar is an additional 2 units. A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for client representation is required.
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