Business Law Clinic Partners

In the Business Law Clinic students learn about the practice of transactional business law by pairing practical instruction in the classroom with service of real-life business clients. Under the supervision of an experienced volunteer business attorney, students provide transaction-based legal assistance to small businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs.

Services Provided

The Business Law Clinic most commonly handles the following types of transactional legal services:

  • Choice of entity and entity formation;
  • Nonprofit and social enterprise status;
  • Ownership distribution, shareholder and member control agreements;
  • Intellectual property protection, including copyrights, trademarks, and licensing agreements;
  • Contract drafting and review;
  • Employment and independent contractor guidance;
  • Policy review and drafting;
  • Marketing and advertising issues and agreements;
  • Review of commercial leases.

Clients of the Clinic

Clients find the Clinic in many ways, including from various referral sources such as: Carlson School of Management; Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD); Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA); Springboard for the Arts, Grow North, Women Venture, and others.

If your organization works with businesses that may be interested in participating in the Business Law Clinic or you own a business that is seeking the types of legal services above and you think the Clinic might be a good fit for you, please contact CorpInstitute@umn.edu or complete the following form and we’ll get back to you

Clinic Supervising Attorneys 

The Business Law Clinic maintains a roster of licensed business attorneys in Minnesota who have expressed interest in serving as a Supervising Attorney.  Volunteering with the Clinic is a great volunteer opportunity; it allows lawyers to give back to law students and the University of Minnesota Law School, while providing meaningful pro bono legal work to small businesses, non-profits, and/or entrepreneurs in the local community.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Supervising Attorney with the Business Law Clinic, contact CorpInstitute@umnlaw.com with your name and practice areas.