Rebecca Nieman

Rebecca Nieman
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Director of Nonprofit + Business Law Clinic
J.D., DePaul University College of Law;
B.A., University of Minnesota
Phone: (619) 961-4277

Professor Nieman has experience in various areas of legal practice, with her most recent being a focus on small and micro business formation, management and ethical considerations in business operation. A majority of her legal career focused on providing legal services to underserved and marginalized populations through her work at preeminent legal services organizations. She served as Managing Attorney with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and as Pro Bono Program Manager and Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. During her tenure at both nonprofit legal service organizations, Nieman supervised the San Diego Superior Court legal clinics, with matters ranging from civil restraining orders, domestic violence restraining orders and landlord-tenant disputes. While at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc., Nieman began a new program assisting non-profits in their business formation and management efforts, along with securing tax exemption for those nonprofits.  During the course of her career, Nieman also took time to start her own business, as a solo practitioner, where she specialized in small business contractual disputes, landlord-tenant issues, bankruptcy, and family law. Immediately before joining the TJSL faculty, Nieman served as Assistant Director of Legal Services at the University of California-San Diego.  

Professor Nieman’s expertise and research involve small business management, formation, and ethics; nonprofit governance and formation; access to justice with an emphasis on nonprofits and micro businesses; public interest lawyering; community economic development; and clinical legal education.  

Courses include: Small Business Law Center Clinic Seminar and Fieldwork, Public Interest Lawyering (upper level writing course)

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

A Fraction of a Percent: A Call to Legal Service Providers to Increase Assistance to Community Nonprofits Using BigLaw Pro Bono, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 3022260 (forthcoming 2017), available at

Down But Not Out! How Law School Clinics Can Help Bridge the Access to Small Claims Court Justice Gap, 35 Buff. Pub. Interest L.J. 119 (2016-2017), available at

Download a list of Shorter Work for Professor Nieman

Three Takeaways: Things That Have Worked, Presentation Focus: “Billable Hours in a Transactional Clinic.” 2016 Mountain West Clinical Conference, University of Arizona (Rogers College of Law), Tucson, AZ (November 5, 2016).

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.

TJSL Hosts ABA Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Forum

February 20, 2015

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the TJSL Community Economic Development Clinic, Career Services, and the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and...

Tom Jarboe 3L and Jermina Landstrom 3L with Professor Steve Berenson

Veterans Clinic Scholarship Awardees Jermina Landstrom 3L and Tom Jarboe 3L

August 29, 2014

Students Jermina Landstrom 3L and Tom Jarboe 3L have been awarded TJSL Veteran’s Clinic Scholarships. Appreciative of the honor Jarboe said, “...

Congratulations to TJSL's Veterans Clinic Scholarship Recipient

June 6, 2014

Monique Rodriguez (3L) has been awarded the Veterans Clinic Alumni Scholarship for the Spring 2014 semester.

“I am sincerely grateful and...

Lauren Hebl (3L) & Steve Berenson

Congratulations to TJSL's Veterans Clinic Scholarship Recipient

January 16, 2014

Lauren Hebl (3L) has been awarded the Veterans Clinic Alumni Scholarship for the Fall 2013 semester. "It is truly an honor to have been awarded...


TJSL’s Small Business Law Center Receives Major Award from the ABA

July 11, 2013

The American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division has presented TJSL’s Small Business Law Center (SBLC) with the...