Spring 2021 • Clinic
Transactional Law Clinics
Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
Required Class Component: Transactional Law Clinical Workshop (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: December 4, 2020.
LLM Students: LLM students are eligible to enroll in this clinic through Helios.
Placement Site: HLS.
This course is the classroom component of the clinical practice for students enrolled in the Transactional Law Clinics (TLC). Students in the Workshop will choose to concentrate their clinical practice in one or more TLC practice areas including business, non-profit, entertainment, real estate. In the classroom and the clinical work, students will have the opportunity to explore and directly experience the various roles performed by transactional lawyers in providing legal services to small businesses, non-profit organizations, real estate parties, community development corporations, or individuals and companies in the arts and entertainment industry. Students will develop legal skills utilized by transactional lawyers and will gain the perspective of transactional practice in the context of actual client representation. Depending upon their clinical concentration and clients’ needs, students typically will have opportunities to engage in entity formation; start-up law; contract negotiation and drafting; commercial financing; business acquisition; commercial leasing; licensing and permitting; trademark and copyright; corporate governance and compliance; real estate and commercial lease transactions; or other transactional legal work. Students will be exposed to the various challenges faced by clients engaged in transactional activities and to the laws, policies and institutions impacting their ability to succeed. In addition, the course will engage students in critical reflection about the ethical, strategic and policy dimensions of their clinical work; as well as invite reflection about their own professional development. In the classroom component of the course, every student will participate in “rounds” sessions, by presenting a challenging case for class discussion and by critiquing and analyzing the presentations of fellow students.
A clinical practice component is required of all students. Clinical placements are with the Transactional Law Clinics (www.harvardtlc.org).
Enrollment is through clinical registration. Please refer to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website (http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical) for clinical registration dates, early add/drop deadlines, and other information about the clinical.