Information for Client
The SBLC offers four programs through which clients receive small business legal help. To qualify for any of the four programs, potential clients must:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have an Oregon business or nonprofit organization
- Request help within the scope of SBLC services
- New businesses must also have a completed written business plan
Client must first complete an online intake form, followed by a 15-20 minute phone intake. They are then tracked into one or more of the available programs.
The Pro Bono Project is supported by volunteer attorneys from the community. Clients placed in our Pro Bono Project work directly with local business attorneys who are matched according to the area of expertise. The program is a year-round program and there is a waitlist to meet with an attorney.
The Intern Program is staffed by clinical law professors and upper-division law students who receive credit for their clinic work. The program is open to new clients at the beginning of each semester. The Intern Patent Program is a part of the Intern Program. About five clients each year receive help with provisional patents, non-provisional patents and patent office actions.
The Rural Entrepreneur Program provides transactional legal assistance for businesses in towns of less than 35,000 people. We are actively working with partners to provide service to Native entrepreneurs both on reservations and in rural areas.
The Staff Attorney Program provides legal assistance for nonprofit organizations and low-income business clients who need immediate assistance. The program is year-round and clients are usually seen within a week of completing the intake process.
The Staff Attorney Program helped with the improvements for The Julian Hotel Apartments, a historic apartment building located in downtown Corvallis that provides affordable studio and one-bedroom rentals to elderly or disabled households who qualify and are earning 50% or below the area median income (AMI) in Benton County.