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USC Gould School of Law

Small Business Clinic I and II     LAW-736, 737

The focus of this clinic is to provide legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that cannot pay market rates for legal services. Each student will be assigned to work with three to five clients each semester on legal projects addressing a range of business issues. The work will include determining appropriate business structures; forming corporations (for profit and non-profit); creating limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures; advising non-profits; updating corporate governance materials; reviewing simple contracts and leases; conducting legal research on specific business problems; advising clients on compliance with regulatory requirements; and, drafting simple contracts. Each student is responsible for all aspects of the representation, including scheduling meetings, drafting and finalizing legal documents, phone consultation, file maintenance and keeping clients informed of the SBC’s work and progress.

Units 2, 3, 4
Grading Options CR/D/F Only
Exam Type None
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement Yes
Prerequisites Business Organizations (LAW 603)
Corequisites Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies (LAW 727)

Grading Options: vary with the professor

Note: Small Business Clinic is a two, consecutive, semester commitment. Students may not have other substantial employment or externship commitments that would interfere with their availability to perform clinic work during the week.

Professor’s permission required.

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