The Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center offers free corporate and transactional legal services to social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and select small businesses in Washington, D.C. Through the Clinic, law students learn to translate theory into practice by engaging in the supervised practice of law for educational credit. The Clinic's goals are consistent with Georgetown University's long tradition of public service.
The Clinic's goals are:
Teach law students the materials, expectations, strategies, methods, and lexicon of transactional lawyering, as well as an appreciation for how transactional law can be used in the public interest.
Represent D.C.-based social enterprises and nonprofit organizations in corporate and transactional legal matters.
Facilitate the growth of social enterprise in the D.C. area.
For more information about SENLC, visit the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Clinic website.
|Duration:||Semester, Fall or Spring
|No. of Participants:
||Second semester 2Ls, all 3Ls
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The Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic gives law students the opportunity to learn the theory, skills, and practice methods of transactional lawyering through reflective, supervised practice for organizational clients. Students learn how transactional law can be used in the public interest.
In 2013-2014, SENLC students assumed the role of lead attorney to their clients, representing them on business and transactional matters, including:
Counseling the executive director of a South American social enterprise regarding its launch of a new project in the United States, including entity options for the new project and structuring the relationship between the South American entity and the U.S. project;
Negotiating and drafting a series of contracts between a nonprofit client dedicated to workplace justice and a nonprofit accelerator program;
Applying for tax-exemption and providing corporate governance advice to the board of directors of a nonprofit organization committed to helping formerly incarcerated women navigate the reentry process;
Drafting an affiliation agreement between a nonprofit client dedicated to women’s public health issues and an international not-for-profit working to improve the reproductive health of African women;
Advising a church on forming a subsidiary entity to operate the church’s enterprise activities, which include maintaining a community space for spiritual communion, social justice, and the arts; and
Counseling the founder of a start-up on creating a nonprofit organization to house a donor advised fund.
Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001