Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic

This Clinic provides transactional representation to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses. Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic clients seek to positively impact the St. Louis community in a variety of ways, including neighborhood revitalization, job creation, producing and preserving affordable housing, offering needed goods and services, and working to generate solutions to common community problems. Under the guidance and supervision of two full-time faculty members, law students provide transactional legal services to Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic clients on a range of matters in the following four areas: Community Development, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property and Policy.

Students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic must enroll concurrently in one of the two sections of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development, which consists of a companion class and a clinical practice: One section of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic is supervised by Professor Patricia H. Lee, with a companion class focused on Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property related matters. The other section of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic is supervised by Professor Dana Malkus, with the companion class focused on Community Development related matters.

The Clinic is open to students who have completed at least 31 credit hours (Prof. Malkus' section) and 46 credit hours (Prof. Lee's section). Opportunities for students interested in this clinic may include: representing entrepreneurs and small business enterprises in a variety of transactional and regulatory matters; preparing for and conducting real estate closings, drafting documents; advising entrepreneurs and small enterprises on intellectual property matters; and providing counseling for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students receive a letter grade in this class based on performance on a series of written assignments, exercises and short essay tests. Students register through the Clinic’s uniform application.

Co-Requisite: Entrepreneurship and Community Development Class with a choice of two sections.

Contact Professor Malkus
(Regarding Community Development Matters)

Contact Professor Lee
(Regarding Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property matters)

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