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Small Business Legal Clinic

NOTE: Please read carefully as this course description contains differing information depending on the semester of interest (Fall, Spring, Summer).

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the Fall 2020 semester, all meetings between interns and clients will occur by video or telephone conference unless special circumstances necessitate an in-person meeting. Interns may work remotely during their office hours. If interns have difficulty working from home, they may schedule a time to work in the office. Due to space constraints we will limit the number of interns working in the office each day. Most Friday seminars, including Boot Camp, will be remote.

Small Business Legal Clinic- Professor Susan Felstiner

  • Course Type: Highly Specialized & Experiential
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by Registrar
  • Description: The Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC), located at 10 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 1018, Portland, Oregon 97204, provides valuable “hands on” legal training to second and third-year law student interns. Under the supervision of the clinical professor, interns take the lead role in the representation of low-income, small, and emerging businesses and nonprofit organizations. Interns learn to conduct the initial client interview, problem solve, research client specific issues, draft client documents, counsel clients, create deliverables to meet their clients’ goals, end the attorney-client relationship, and close the file. Typical client matters include entity selection and formation, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, corporate and nonprofit governance, trademark registration, and employee policy drafting.

    The SBLC operates as a law firm. Interns bill time and maintain client files. Interns also participate in community outreach events or other public speaking engagements designed to educate and assist small businesses.

    Fall or Spring Semester: Twice a week, interns work at the SBLC for four hours (a total of eight hours per week). Interns also attend a seminar on Fridays from 8:30am to 10:25am at the law school or other locations determined by the clinical professor.

    Orientation will occur during the first week of classes. Interns will have office hours on Wednesday and a Friday seminar from 9:00am to 2:00pm called “Boot Camp Boot Camp provides the information and skills training necessary for interns to meet their first client as soon as possible. Attendance at Boot Camp is mandatory. Interns with a regularly scheduled Friday class that conflicts with the all-day Boot Camp must coordinate with the clinical professor to make up the Boot Camp hours.

    Students should register for their preferred office hours. With consent of the clinical professor, interns may adjust their office hours to coordinate with the downtown shuttle, bus schedules or classes that begin at 1:20pm.

    Monday/Wednesday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (4 interns)

    Monday/Wednesday: 1:00 am to 5:00 pm (4 interns)

    The SBLC is a popular class with limited enrollment. Early registration is encouraged. Since attendance is mandatory, students should select a schedule that will permit regular and timely attendance. The Registrar will maintain a wait list for each section.
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    Summer Session: Interns work in the SBLC offices 26 hours per week. Interns typically work Monday through Thursday, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, with a half hour break for lunch. The week of Memorial Day, interns work Tuesday through Friday. During these hours, interns and the clinical professor also meet for seminars.

  • Prerequisite: Business Associations I
  • Evaluation Method: Credit/no credit based on representation of clients; attendance; written assignments
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: yes