Students will receive practical, hands-on experience while working at the on-site Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC). They will work individually or in two-person teams representing local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, both for-profit and nonprofit, on transactional legal issues critical to their success. Such representation might include assistance and counseling on entity selection and formation; regulatory compliance and licensing; contract preparation, review, and negotiation; commercial lease review and negotiation; intellectual property issues; and other legal issues commonly confronting small businesses. Students will be expected to work approximately 14 hours a week on clinical matters, with 4 of those hours spent in the clinic office. During those office hours, students will receive weekly individual supervision.
In the in-class component, students will attend a weekly class of 1-1.5 hours in length to discuss some of the substantive legal areas relevant to the client matters assigned to them; to share experiences, challenges, and accomplishments in working with their clients; and to work on skills important to the effective practice of law (e.g. client interviewing and counseling, effective oral and written communication, file maintenance, and legal ethics/professionalism).
Students will experience what it’s like to engage in an attorney-client relationship; to assume primary responsibility for meeting a client’s legal needs; and, hopefully, in that process, come to realize their value as an attorney and to gain confidence in their abilities. In addition, students will learn about:
1. the myriad of legal issues that businesses confront and some of the substantive law underlying those issues
2. the importance of clear and concise oral and written communications
3. project planning and management
4. how a small law office operates , including procedures for client intake, conflict checking, file maintenance, project tracking, timekeeping, and scheduling
5. the importance of pro bono service.
3L’s who have taken Corporations I. Beginning in Fall 2012, Entrepreneurship Law and Practice will be an additional prerequisite. That course is currently being designed for its initial offering in Spring 2012.
Students can enroll by completing the “Application for Enrollment” and submitting it to Professor Goldfarb no later than April 1 2011. Professor Goldfarb will select up to 6 students for enrollment based upon the application and possible follow-up interviews. After selected students are notified, which should occur by April 11 2011, those students should enroll for two courses, both the field placement component and weekly classroom component of the ECDC.
Prior to the first day of class, all enrolled students need to have obtained a “legal intern certificate” from the Supreme Court of Ohio by following the application procedures set forth on the court’s website, www.supremecourt.ohio.gov. Students should allow at least 3 weeks for their application to be processed by the Court.
Class Credits & Grading
Students will receive 4 credit hours – 1 classroom credit and 3 non-classroom credits
Letter grade will be given for classroom portion based upon attendance, class preparedness, and class participation. High Pass/Pass/Low Pass/Fail will be given for field placement (clinical) portion of class based upon quality and timeliness of client work, productivity, professional judgment and conduct, initiative and teamwork, compliance with clinical procedures, and other factors to be determined by Professor Goldfarb and communicated to the clinic’s students.
The course does not meet the seminar or client counseling requirements.