295.5M sec. 001 - New Business Community Law Clinic (Fall 2023)
Instructor: Mariana Acevedo Nuevo (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: William A. Kell (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Instructor: Kelly Woolfolk
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Course End: December 06, 2023
Enroll Limit: 21
As of: 12/01 02:30 PM
This course will involve clinical work in the field, providing legal help to new businesses that cannot afford an attorney. The clinical component, like the accompanying Seminar, will help 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.
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. Finally, mixed areas of law and business management will be examined, including entity formation, capital formation, and tax planning.
Law 295.5M is the clinical component of the New Business Law Clinic, which can only be elected in conjunction with the New Business Law Clinic Seminar (Law 292A) or the Advanced New Business Law Bootcamp Seminar (Law 292C). Clinic JD students and LLMs must elect 295.5M for 4 credits.
For students taking the basic clinic course (Law 292A Seminar and Law 295.5M Clinical component), there is an application process, requiring 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 Law 292A Seminar as the classroom component, and four credits for the clinical work conducted with entrepreneur clients over the term (Law 295.5M). Students can apply through the Berkeley Law Clinical Program: a href=https://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/forms/clinics/clinical_application.php https://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/forms/clinics/clinical_application.php/a.
For returning students either from the basic Clinic course, the New Business Law Bootcamp Seminar (292A), or the Advanced Clinic course (Law 295.5N), enrolling in Clinical course hours requires approval of the instructor. Contact Professor Kell if interested in enrolling.
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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
Work in the clinic may satisfy Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to satisfy Option 2, clinic students must complete a paper or series of written work that comprises 30 or more pages. Students who wish to satisfy the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their draft for comment and revision.
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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:
Race and Law
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