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Small Business Clinic I (Spring 2017)

Course Description

The focus of this clinic is providing 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. Students are expected to spend an average of 15-20 hours a week on client work, though, due to the nature of clinic work, the exact time commitment will vary from week to week. The clinic does not engage in any litigation, negotiations or transactions with adverse parties.

The program will include a weekly seminar (which will involve instruction on the substantive law about forming and operating small businesses, on how to work with and counsel clients and on how to identify and resolve ethical issues that can arise when representing organizations) as well as individual weekly meetings with the instructor.

THIS SEMESTER THE SBC WILL BE ACCEPTING APPROXIMATELY FIVE NEW STUDENTS. STUDENT MUST HAVE PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR TO ENROLL. Interested Students should submit a cover letter and resume to Professor Chasalow by email at: mchasalow@law.usc.edu. Students are required to make a TWO semester commitment to participate in the SBC and may not have other substantial employment or externship commitments that would interfere with their availability to perform clinic work during the week. Business Organizations is a prerequisite. In addition, students must have completed or currently be enrolled in Partnerships & Limited Liability Companies. In the first semester the course may only be taken CR/D/F; in the second semester, the course may be taken for a letter grade. There is no final examination; grades will be based on attendance, participation and the quality of, and commitment to, the work done for the clients. Additional information is available at: http://law.usc.edu/sbc

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 5
  • Grading Options: CR/D/F Only
  • Schedule: T 10:00 - 11;50 am
  • Room Number: Room 106
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Pre-requisites: Business Organizations (LAW-603); Prior or concurrent enrollment in Partnerships and LLCs
  • Enrollment Limitation: 8 students