Small Business Clinic
The Small Business Clinic provides legal and business services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Law students work on transactional (i.e. non-litigation) legal matters that are typical in the start-up phase of a business including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark and copyright. Business students assist clients with general management issues as well as market assessment and direct marketing techniques. The first goal of the clinic is to provide students with practical experience and exposure to operating businesses. The second goal is to assist local entrepreneurs and ultimately act as a catalyst to the economic development of western Massachusetts.
For businesses with well-defined legal issues but which for some reason cannot be served by the Small Business Clinic as a regular client, the Clinic offers Office Hours. In Office Hours, the clinician and students meet with a business person to discuss the legal matter in detail and provide some feedback to help the businessperson get the assistance they need. Although the Clinic cannot perform the legal work necessary to resolve the matter in Office Hours, the interview frequently resolves confusion and helps ensure that the matter will be resolved appropriately.
We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester. If you are interested in the Clinic's services, please click here to apply. For more information, please contact us at (413) 782-1469.