Community Organization and Social Enterprise Clinic I

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/8
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1130-1330 WB116

Course Description

Assisting startup and developing community organizations and social enterprises to create a legal/business structure starts as a collaboration with the client to develop or refine their goals and strategies, to help determine what structure is appropriate, drafting the formation documents consistent with their values, and providing materials and support to ensure that the work is sustainable over time. This clinic teaches both the strategic and the drafting aspects of social enterprise lawyering. The clinic prioritizes work that advances equity and/or supports members of marginalized communities. (Go to the enrollment form at this link to review current/proposed projects: The clinic is available in both the Fall and the Spring, and students may take either or both semesters of the clinic, in any order. There are no prerequisites, but students may find Corporations, Nonprofit Organizations, or similar courses to be helpful background. In the Fall semester (Clinic I), student teams collaborate with social entrepreneurs and community organizations to develop a strategy to bring their ideas for change to fruition. Clinic teams learn and apply leadership and planning skills to help local activists and organizations develop and refine their goals for social impact; research and synthesize data, best practices, and strategies that successful organizations use to achieve those goals; provide legal advice and information related to those goals; and recommend initiatives and an appropriate legal structure as a vehicle for their work. Each project culminates in a final presentation of research, recommendations, and next steps to the client, with supporting deliverables, in the last week of the semester. Students may also (or alternatively) elect to take the Spring semester (Clinic II – LAW 8672), in which student teams work with clients to execute their strategies and draft associated legal documents.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: Alvarez/Tremblay, Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice 2nd Ed.

Course Notes: NOTE REGARDING ENROLLMENT: Enrollment is via the clinic lottery; you will be asked to complete the enrollment form linked above after enrollment (but you are welcome to fill it out earlier). There may be a "boot camp" (likely the Friday or Monday immediately prior to classes starting) to jump start the semester. Seminar time after initial training will be divided between: (1) faculty-led or guest speaker sessions on substantive topics relevant to clinic projects, and (2) student discussion/presentations to the full class with Q&A at key stages of the process. There is also a weekly standing team supervision session once a week (set based on student schedules) and teams may establish their own separate standing team work meeting. The expectation for total average weekly commitment (including boot camp, class/supervision/meeting time and all client work) is about 10-12 hours per week.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124820557

Modified Type: Clinical

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Corporate, Business and Transactional , Public Service and Leadership

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, November 22, 12:01 AM

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 06, 11:59 PM

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