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256.15 sec. 1 - New Business Counseling Practicum Seminar (Fall 2012)

Instructor: William A. Kell  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 244

Course Start: August 28, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49667


The New Business Counseling Practicum is a clinical program in which students assist local start-up businesses. All Practicum students must sign up for the 2 credit Seminar as the classroom component, and then also 1-4 units of Law 256.12 for the clinical work conducted with entrepreneur clients over the term. Professor Kell will distribute the course control number for Law 256.12 to students who are already enrolled in the seminar.

The seminar will ready students for transactional lawyering and consulting with business clients, but in the larger sense, will demonstrate in depth what is needed to start a successful business. The course will also examine ethical issues and other critical practice matters for transactional lawyers and other professionals.

Teaching methods include classroom lectures, panels, field trips, and simulations. Students start working with their real start-up clients by the 4th week and continue through the remainder of the term. Students work in interdisciplinary teams and under Instructor supervision, to research and formulate options that will address their entrepreneur clients' needs.

Traditional topic areas be examined and applied particularly in the context of assisting new businesses. Areas of law will include: business regulation, risk management, contracts, intellectual property, and taxation. Areas of business management will include financing, marketing, business planning, and evaluating financials. Finally, mixed areas of law and business management will be examined, including entity formation, capital formation, and tax planning.

The Seminar fulfills professional responsibility requirements by providing a weekly forum for examining ethical issues that arise in clinical case work. Ethical code sections and relevant practice-oriented articles are assigned to immerse students in basic representation duties of confidentiality, competence, and avoiding conflicts of interest, among others. Given the many and diverse needs of start-up clients, particular attention is devoted to more complex ethical issues involved in multidisciplinary practice and working with organizational clients.

This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: P+
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Business Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Clinicals

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  • The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law
    Constance E. (Constance E. Bagley) Bagley, Craig E. Dauchy,
    Publisher: South-Western College/West
    ISBN: 9780538466462
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $47.99
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • The business planning guide
    David H. Bangs, Jr
    Publisher: Chicago : Dearborn Trade Pub., 2002.
    ISBN: 9780793154098
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 5.1
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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