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292B sec. 001 - New Business Legal Bootcamp (Spring 2024)

Instructor: William A Kell  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Meetings:

M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
From January 08, 2024
To February 05, 2024

W 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
From January 10, 2024
To January 24, 2024

W 3:35 PM - 4:50 PM
From January 31, 2024
To February 07, 2024

Course Start: January 08, 2024
Course End: February 07, 2024
Class Number: 32650

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 06/17 09:46 AM


In the first three weeks of class, students receive intensive training to ready them to counsel small business clients in Office Hours starting in week 4. To provide adequate time for this and to make up for time lost to the Martin Luther King Day holiday, the first three Wednesday classes (1/10, 1/17, and 1/24) will end at 5:25 pm instead of 4:50 pm. Afterward, all Wednesday classes will end at the usual 4:50 pm time. Also note that Monday classes are from 3:35-5:25 for the entire semester. The final class is Wednesday, February 7.

Course Start: January 8, 2023
Course End: February 7, 2023


New Business Legal Bootcamp is a stand-alone offering of the intensive training in transactional law provided to New Business Community Law Clinic students. The Bootcamp is a five week mini-course that provides an efficient but thorough overview of the legal and business landscape which entrepreneurs must navigate to succeed. The Bootcamp and the New Business Law Clinic Seminar courses run concurrently for the first three weeks of the term, with the Bootcamp students continuing on in weeks four and five to train in drafting transactional documents. Students who complete the Bootcamp can, in a future term, apply to participate in the New Business Community Law Clinic, via Law 292C: the Advanced New Business Legal Bootcamp (see below).

Teaching methods for the Bootcamp include classroom lectures and simulations. The course covers a wide range of legal and business knowledge, reflecting the many areas that entrepreneurs need help with: entity formation, business modeling, capitalization, employment, risk management, contracts, intellectual property, and others. The course will also cover the drafting of transactional documents commonly used by start-ups - formation documents, contracts, and capital raising documents such as term sheets, restricted stock agreements and convertible notes. In addition, the course introduces important "bedside manner" skills in interviewing and counseling for transactional attorneys, by providing optional opportunities to observe and critique simulations of first client meetings conducted by clinic students. In the middle of the course, students will have the chance to meet real entrepreneurs in an informal reception setting to hear about their business vision and challenges of start-up. Students will also be expected to participate in four hours of walk-in office hours to interview and counsel new entrepreneurs about their legal needs. All office hours will be conducted via Zoom. All student participation in office hours will be supervised by a Clinic Supervising Attorney or Teaching Fellow.

The course satisfies the race and law curricular requirement with a regular focus on the experiences of entrepreneurs of color, which represent 80% of NBCLC clients. Gaps in access to capital are prevalent, with minority business loan applicants still denied credit at twice the rate of white applicants who have the same credit scores and collateral. Students come to understand that the credit access gap is even more pronounced with investment capital, where annually less than 2% of venture capital goes to businesses owned by women or entrepreneurs of color. Strategies for helping close the racial wealth and opportunity gap are included throughout the term. Instead of relying on lecture, the uneven playing field is primarily described and experienced in actual client interactions in office hours, and in the course reading materials and visits from class speakers, including minority entrepreneurs and the attorneys that assist them.

​Students enrolled in New Business Law Bootcamp will not be eligible to enroll concurrently in the New Business Law Clinic and/or Seminar. However, students who have completed the Bootcamp may participate in the New Business Law Clinic in a subsequent semester if they submit an application during the Clinic application period. Students can apply through the Berkeley Law Clinic Programs:

https://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/forms/clinics/clinical_application.php. If accepted, they will concurrently enroll in the Advanced New Business Legal Bootcamp Seminar (Law 292C) and also elect 4 credits of Clinical hours (Law 295.5M). The Advanced New Business Legal Bootcamp Seminar consists of the New Business Law Clinic seminar classes not included in the Bootcamp.

Note: Given the nature of this course, short of extraordinary circumstances, students will not be approved to drop after the Cal Central add/drop period ends.

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.


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.


Requirements Satisfaction:


Units from this class may count towards either the J.D. Experiential Requirement or the J.D. Race and Law Requirement but not both.

This class may count towards only one academic requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

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

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Books:
Required Books are in blue

  • Business Model Generation
    Osterwalder
    Edition: 2010
    Publisher: Wiley
    ISBN: 9780470876411
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: $34.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice
    ALICIA. TREMBLAY ALVAREZ (PAUL R.)
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    ISBN: 9781642427950
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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