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256.15 sec. 001 - New Businesses Counseling Practicum Seminar (Spring 2019)

Instructor: William A. Kell  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2


    Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 141
    From January 08, 2019
    To April 19, 2019

    Th 3:35 PM - 4:50 PM
    Location: Law 141
    From January 08, 2019
    To April 19, 2019

Course Start: January 08, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number: 31209

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM

The New Business 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 units for the clinical work conducted with entrepreneur clients over the term. Phase 2 of registration going forward, to enroll students need to first elect the Practicum Seminar (256.15) ONLY. After the first class meeting, the instructor will then distribute the enrollment code to students enrolled in the Seminar so they can add the Practicum (256.12). Practicum JD and LLM students must elect 4 credits of 256.12, while Practicum MBA students must elect 1-4 credits of 256.12.

The seminar will ready students for transactional lawyering and consulting with entrepreneur clients of limited means, 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 can start working with entrepreneur clients by the 2nd 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. Mixed areas of law and business management will be examined, including entity formation, capital formation, and tax planning. Students will have the opportunity to provide supervised legal help to entrepreneurs in California's Bay Area and Central Valley, in a variety of contexts: 1:1 full service representation, limited service walk-in office hours, and legal trainings. Students may also research and develop content for the Practicum's online legal resource library for entrepreneurs of limited means.

Note: students enrolled/on the waiting list MUST Attend the first class to keep their spot. Students who miss the first class without clearing it with the instructor may be dropped from the course/waiting list.

Business Associations is recommended, but not required. Law 256.12 (New Business Counseling Practicum) is a co-requisite.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (P+) Course requires a series of papers.
Course Category: Business Law

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