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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).

The Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) provides valuable “hands on” legal training to second and third-year law student interns. Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, interns take the lead role in the representation of low-income, small, and emerging businesses and non-profit organizations. Interns learn to conduct the initial client interview, problem solve, research client specific issues, draft contracts and other client documents, and counsel clients. Typical client matters include entity selection and formation, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, corporate and non-profit 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.

The Small Business Legal Clinic is a 3 credit, Pass/No Pass course with no final examination or paper requirement.

Fall or Spring: Twice a week, interns attend a four-hour session (a total of eight hours per week) at the SBLC offices in downtown Portland.  Attendance at the clinic session is mandatory because interns are the primary person responsible for the representation of their clients.

Fall or Spring: Interns also attend a seminar on Fridays from 8:30am to 10:25am at the law school.  Outside reading or other preparation for the Friday seminars typically does not exceed two hours per week. The seminars cover substantive legal topics as well as practical skills and provide interns opportunities to discuss their client matters with other interns

Summer Session: Interns must work in the SBLC’s downtown offices 26 hours per week, from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Interns and the clinical professor meet weekly for a seminar to discuss substantive legal issues relating to the client matters. Outside reading, written exercises or other preparation is required.

Boot Camp (Fall or Spring ONLY):

No Clinic Hours are held the first week of classes. In lieu of clinic hours, interns attend a “Boot Camp” on the first Friday of the semester from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the SBLC offices.  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 which conflicts with the all-day Boot Camp may be excused from the conflicting portion of the Boot Camp.    

Student Evaluations (Fall or Spring):

Interns are evaluated on their attendance and performance during their weekly clinic sessions, class participation, and written assignments. Attendance at clinic hours, the Friday seminars, and Boot Camp is mandatory. 

Student Evaluations (Summer):

Interns are evaluated on attendance at and performance in the weekly 26 hour clinical practicum. Since interns participate in the representation of clients, regular attendance at scheduled times is mandatory.

Class size is limited to 8 students in Fall or Spring, and 4 students in Summer.

Additional information about the SBLC can be found on the SBLC website.

Clinic Sessions (Fall or Spring):

Students should register for their preferred session held at the SBLC offices. The weekly seminars will be held on campus on Fridays from 8:30 to 10:25 am.

Fall 2018

During the Fall 2018 semester, the SBLC will have two sessions that meet at the following days and times (clinic hours may be adjusted to coordinate with the downtown shuttle and bus schedules with clinic professor consent):

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

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

Spring 2019

During the Spring 2019 semester, the SBLC will have two sessions that meet at the following days and times (clinic hours may be adjusted to coordinate with the downtown shuttle and bus schedules with clinic professor consent):

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

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

Clinic Session Summer 2019

SBLC meets from 9:00AM to 3:30PM on the following days, with a 30 minute break for lunch.

Week 1: Tuesday, May 29th through Friday, June 1st

Weeks 2-5: Monday through Thursday


Registration for SBLC:

The SBLC is a popular class with limited enrollment. Early registration is encouraged. Students should select a schedule which will permit regular and timely attendance. The Registrar will maintain a wait list for each section.

The SBLC’s street address is 310 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 1000 (downtown Portland).

Participation in the SBLC does not qualify for the professional responsibility requirement.

Students may qualify for the WIE writing requirement with prior written permission from the clinical law professor.


Prerequisite: Business Associations I