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292A sec. 001 - New Business Community Law Clinic Seminar (Fall 2019)

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

Meetings:

    M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 141
    From August 19, 2019
    To November 26, 2019

    W 3:35 PM - 4:50 PM
    Location: Law 141
    From August 19, 2019
    To November 26, 2019

Course Start: August 19, 2019
Course End: November 26, 2019

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 10
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM


The New Business Law Clinic is a clinical program in which students assist people starting businesses who can't afford an attorney. The course 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. Critical questions include:

* What do entrepreneurs need to know re: law and management in order to survive and thrive?
* How can consultants assist entrepreneurs effectively, both in dealing with acute legal problems and in planning preventively for the future?
* How can lawyers and other professionals (e.g., MBAs) work effectively together to assist new businesses, given the often interconnected nature of legal and business problems?

Like the other UCB Law clinics, students wanting to enroll need to submit an application, which includes a resume and short personal statement describing what they are looking to gain from the clinical experience. Upon acceptance, all Clinic students must sign up for the two credit Seminar as the classroom component, and then also four credits for the clinical work conducted with entrepreneur clients over the term. Students can apply through the Berkeley Law Clinic Programs: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/forms/clinics/clinical_application.php.

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

Traditional topic areas will 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 New Business Law Clinic’s online legal resource library for entrepreneurs of limited means.


Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.


Prerequisites:
Law 295.5M (New Business Law Clinic) is a co-requisite.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Clinics
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Business Law

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