Nonprofit Clinic (YR)
Students in this yearlong clinic will advise and work directly with local nonprofit organizations conducting “legal health checkups” and addressing other matters such as initial formation, establishment of tax-exempt status, charitable solicitation, state/local taxation issues, contracts, and continuing legal compliance. Class sessions will examine nonprofit governance principles through the lens of Virginia state and local laws applied to clients’ issues. "Check-in" sessions will support practical work for clients. Client communication, organization, and document writing and editing skills are key to success in the course. Students will produce a series of memos for their clients on topics covered in class. The form and content of these memos will be determined after students identify and analyze their clients' legal issues in consultation with the course instructors. Students will use Clio software to track their time and progress with the clients.In the 2015-16 clinic, students worked with nonprofit corporations in all stages of existence from start-up to well-established corporations. Students examined and analyzed incorporation documents, bylaws, and IRS filings including the IRS forms 1023 and 990, and drafted revisions to these documents. Students also provided legal guidance to clients on issues such as risk management, corporate governance practices, fundraising, and compliance with local, state, and federal law.
The instructors will also lecture on: the history of public charities and the theory behind their recognition for federal tax exemption, the role of nonprofits as part of civil society, models of corporate governance, best practices in 501(c)(3) public charity management, seeking tax exempt status, the purpose of audits and financial controls, political activity by nonprofits, and risk management. When available, local leaders and experts on nonprofit issues will be guest speakers.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.