Community Organization & Social Enterprise Clinic II

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 2/8
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 Spring semester (Clinic II), student teams work with clients to execute their strategies and draft associated legal documents. This may include drafting and filing articles of incorporation or organization, drafting bylaws and associated policies, assisting with obtaining tax-exempt status or establishing relationships with fiscal sponsors and other partners, drafting other legal documents or templates, and developing related guides, FAQs, and other materials to allow the organization to sustain its work over time. Teams engage with clients throughout the semester, assist with or provide instructions for initial filing, and create a package of deliverables including organizational documents and agreements that they present in an advising session with the client at the end of the semester. Depending on client need and student interest, students may also have the option of working on a strategic project in the Spring alongside drafting projects. Students may also (or alternatively) elect to take the Fall semester (Clinic I – LAW 8671), in which student teams work with clients to develop a strategy for their social goals, including determining appropriate legal structures and needs.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None 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: No

Course Resources: To be announced

Course Notes: This clinic will meet in the same room as the Community Solutions Clinic (LAW 8671). 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).Enrollment in this clinic is through prioritization of the clinic during the clinics-only lottery process in early July. See the instructions on LawWeb. When the application period for clinics closes, clinic instructors for each clinic will notify SRO of the applicants who are eligible to obtain a seat in the clinic-only lottery. If seats are available in this clinic after the application/lottery process, students can self-enroll themselves via SIS during the Add/Drop period in October for spring courses. If a student seeking a seat in this class is enrolled in another clinic, enrollment authorization from the instructors from both clinics must be provided to the Student Records Office via email ([email protected]). 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.: 125210087

Modified Type: Clinical

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

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

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Sunday, April 13, 12:01 AM

Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 27, 11:59 PM

Information reflected on this page was last refreshed at: Friday, July 19, 2024 - 7:02 AM *

*During open enrollment periods, live enrollment data may be found in SIS.