This is a full-year clinic offered for 10 credits, and students will receive separate letter grades at the end of the year for the seminar (4 credits) and the clinic work (6 credits). The clinic is open to day and evening students in their last two (2) years of law school and Accelerated JD students in their last year. The Transactional Clinic provides students the opportunity to counsel clients on a range of transactional law matters, including entity formation, nonprofit applications for tax-exempt status, real estate, and contract drafting and negotiation. Students will represent founders and boards of directors to start, grow, and support organizations and businesses in the Greater Boston area, with an emphasis on organizational clients that are committed to empowering the community and creating economic equity.
Clinic students take primary responsibility for all client matters under the close supervision of experienced practitioners. Students can expect to gain hands-on experience in conducting interviews, negotiating with counterparties, drafting transactional documents, oral advocacy, and legal research and writing. Types of clients vary, but will likely include worker and housing cooperatives, community land trusts, community organizations, nonprofit organizations and local entrepreneurs. Students may also work on a range of legislative and advocacy projects that will include collaborations with community organizations and lawmakers.
The clinic includes a two-hour per week seminar. The seminar will focus on preparation for direct client representation and discussions on community economic development theory and practice. Students are also required to meet at least one hour per week with their supervising attorney, and will submit reflective papers at least four times during the year to help students engage in critical reflection.
As this is a new offering, there may be additional requirements.
Time commitment: The case work in the Transactional Clinic requires a minimum of 13 hours per week outside of class and supervision meetings. Depending on the needs of clients, students may have client meetings and presentations in the evenings and on weekends.
Preference will be given to students who have taken or are currently enrolled in Business Entity Fundamentals. Fluency in relevant languages other than English (particularly Spanish, Portuguese and Cantonese) is preferred. Prior experience is welcome in community organizing, nonprofits, small business, social enterprise, real estate, urban planning, and tax.
This is a new clinic offering for 2020-21. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Ragini Shah, Acting Clinical Programs Director.