Transactional Law Clinics

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Spring 2014 Clinic
3, or 4 clinical credits

Required Class Component: Transactional Practice Clinical Workshop (2 spring credits). This clinic and course are bundled – your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No (for the Community Enterprise Project specifically, an application is required).
Add/Drop Deadline: January 17, 2014.
LLM Students: LLM students are eligible to enroll in this clinic through Helios.
Placement Site: HLS.

Students enrolled in the Transactional Law Clinics will engage in actual legal practice with real clients involved in transactional matters. Students practice under the supervision and mentoring of an experienced practitioner in one or more of the three TLC clinics: Business and Non-Profit, Real Estate, and Entertainment Law (Recording Artists Project). Students interested in the Community Enterprise Project must submit an application to be considered for the clinic. TLC clients include entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profit organizations, real estate parties, community development corporations, and individuals and companies in the art and entertainment industry. Students will have direct hands-on responsibility for handling their cases and will gain experience in various aspects of transactional practice. Depending upon their clinical concentration and client needs, students typically have opportunities to engage in entity formation; start-up financing; contract negotiation and drafting; applications for tax-exemption; commercial financing; business acquisition; commercial leasing; licensing and permitting; trademark and copyright; corporate governance and compliance; real estate transactions and development; affordable housing development; zoning; condominium development; and other transactional legal work. TLC students typically experience professional growth in areas such as strategic judgment, transactional thinking ability, communication skills, client management, document drafting and review, ethical awareness, and practice-oriented research and writing.

Students interested in the Community Enterprise Project must submit an application to be considered. The Community Enterprise Project (“CEP”) of the Transactional Law Clinics offers an opportunity for a small group of students to undertake clinical work rooted in both community development and transactional law. CEP students will connect with community organizations, identify organizational and community legal needs, and develop comprehensive strategies to address those needs while gaining valuable real-world transactional law experience. Ongoing projects include cross-clinical projects with the Food Law and Policy Clinic as well as the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. In addition to registering for the 3 credit hour Transactional Law Clinics and corresponding Tuesday evening Workshop, this semester-long, application-only offering will require students to complete half of their 15 weekly clinical hours at the Harvard Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, preferably during one full day. To apply, interested students should submit a brief statement of interest (no more than 100 words), resume, and academic transcript (unofficial or official). Please specify in your statement of interest which semester(s) you are interested in taking the clinic. Applications should be addressed to Brian Price and Amanda Kool and submitted via e-mail to akool@law.harvard.edu. Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but in any event no later than April 12th.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice , Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance , Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment .

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