The Small Business Law Center (SBLC) Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) 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 who participate in CEDC fieldwork are eligible for 3 or 4 units of live client work. Each unit is equivalent to 5 hours per week. (The required SBLC seminar is an additional 2 units.) A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for client representation is required. The fieldwork component is graded Honors/Credit/Low Pass/No Credit.
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