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The Transactional Law Clinics consist of the Business and Non-Profit Clinic, the Real Estate Clinic, the Entertainment Law Clinic, and the Community Enterprise Project. These clinics provide legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and community organizations for business formation, contract review and negotiation, commercial financing, leasing, community economic development, real estate purchase and sales, business acquisitions, intellectual property, nonprofit formation, permitting, licensing, and other transactional legal services.

In every respect, the Transactional Law Clinics operates as a professional law office in the service of clients; this clinic offers the opportunity to gain experience on topics such as client interviewing and intake; case management; contract drafting; negotiation skills; ethics; and legal analysis.

How to Register

The clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits and the clinical registration process by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

Meet the Instructors

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Brian Price

Director; Clinical Professor of Law

Brian Price joined Harvard Law School in 1997 as Senior Clinical Instructor of the Community Enterprise Project at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. He was appointed Director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in July 2006 and appointed Clinical Professor of Law in November 2007. In July 2009 Brian became Director of the Transactional Law Clinics. Brian also serves as Faculty Advisor for the Recording Artists Project and the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, student organizations at Harvard Law School. Before coming to Harvard, Brian was General Counsel and Senior Director of Certification and Enforcement at the Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance within the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development. Brian was previously  Assistant Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Brian has worked as a sole practitioner in his own community-based law practice specializing in general business, corporate, entertainment, real estate, and non-profit law. He received his B. A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Noel Roycroft

Deputy Director; Clinical Instructor

Noel Roycroft joined the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School as a Clinical Instructor in 2018.  Before coming to Harvard, Noel was an associate in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray, LLP and a member of the firm’s asset management group where she focused her practice on representing investment products, their boards, and managers in transactional, regulatory, and compliance matters. Noel was also previously a fellow and associate counsel with the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Prior to gaining her law degree, Noel worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she was Chief of Staff to a Committee Chair and State Representative. Noel received her B.A. from Bowdoin College, graduate certificate in non-profit management from Northeastern University, and J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Sam Koolaq

Clinical Instructor

Sam Koolaq joined the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School as a Clinical Instructor in 2020. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard Law, Sam founded his own legal practice in Los Angeles, California. In his private practice, Sam provides a range of different legal services, primarily to creative industry individuals and their businesses. Over the years, Sam has developed an expertise in music, trademark, and general business law. He has also worked with a number of civil rights organizations, including the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild. Sam received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Carmen Halford

Clinical Instructor

Carmen Halford joined the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School as a Clinical Instructor in 2021. Before coming to Harvard, Carmen worked as a transactional associate at the New York firm Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. where she concentrated her practice on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and general corporate matters. She regularly counseled individuals as well as U.S. and foreign enterprises across a wide breadth of industries, cultivating extensive experience in primary and secondary equity sales of private companies, secured and unsecured financings and other complex commercial transactions, and also regularly acted as outside general counsel to many of her clients. Prior to that position, Carmen was a global transactions associate at the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Carmen obtained her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Chinese Studies from the University of South Carolina. Prior to her legal studies, Carmen worked in the marketing department of CBS Interactive (China) in Beijing.

Patricia Alejandro

Clinical Instructor

Patricia Alejandro joined the Transactional Law Clinics as a Clinical Instructor in 2022. Prior to joining TLC, Patricia worked as a staff attorney at TakeRoot Justice in New York City, where she supported community-based organizations and coalitions by providing transactional legal services to worker cooperatives, not-for-profits and small businesses, as well as providing support with policy development and community education efforts. Patricia was previously a transactional associate at White & Case LLP in New York City, where she assisted in the management of international project and asset finance deals, private and public offerings, and other corporate transactions. She has also taught negotiation and leadership at Bay Path University in Massachusetts. While at Harvard, Patricia was a teaching assistant in TLC’s Community Enterprise Project and in the Winter Negotiation Workshop. Patricia’s experience also includes alternative dispute resolution, international human rights, transitional justice and democracy development. Patricia received her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Staff Members

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