What do students do in this clinic?
Students work under the supervision of the professor, a partner in a small Minneapolis law firm, representing small nonprofit organizations seeking to apply for and receive tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization. Client work can include entity formation, although the intended focus of the work is focused on preparing and submitting a Form 1023 with the IRS and helping the client understand how federal tax law affects their organization’s activities. Students will provide assistance to pre-selected clients. Types of organizations vary by semester but can include organizations such as: religious organizations, PTO/PTAs, youth sports organizations, internationally-focused organizations, etc.
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?
Business Tax; Income Tax; Professional Responsibility
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?Answer
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.