What do students do in this clinic?
More than the substantive law, this clinic is geared to help you experience what it is like to be a lawyer (and help small charitable organizations in the process). While the professor is there to provide oversight and guidance, you will have a significant level of independence in how you work with your client, including significant levels of client interaction.
What happens in the classroom component?
Much of the classroom component is intended to simulate an internal firm-wide meeting about clients. Students are encouraged to discuss legal issues, client management issues, and other things that come up for them as they work with their clients. Some classes may include lectures by the professor and/or fellow students on topics that are relevant to nonprofit, tax exempt organizations.
What do students learn in this clinic?Answer
When is this clinic offered?Every Fall and Spring
How many credits?
Students may take the clinic for 2 or 3 credits.
Are students permitted or encouraged to take this clinic for additional semesters?
With permission, students may take the clinic for additional semesters or otherwise work with the professor to either continue work with clients (it will often extend past the semester) and/or take on work with new clients.
Are there any required or recommended pre-requisites?
Professional Responsibility is required but may be taken concurrently. Business Tax or Income Tax are recommended but not required.
Can students with full-time jobs take this clinic?
Yes. The classroom component is offered in the evening to accommodate students with full-time work schedules. The work for clients is flexible.
Can students who live outside the Twin Cities take this clinic?Yes.
Who should take this clinic?
Students interested in working with nonprofit organizations; students interested in tax law; students who want hands-on experience with clients; students interested in pro bono and volunteerism.