To learn more about the Clinical Curriculum and Registration, please visit our Clinical Registration Center.
You can also find more information on How to Register for Clinics and How Clinical Credits Work.
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 8, 2023.
LLM Students: LLM students may enroll in this clinic through Helios.
Placement Site: HLS.
The Transactional Law Clinics (TLC) provide students the opportunity to work directly with clients on cutting-edge cases spanning the transactional spectrum. Students enrolled in TLC will engage in actual legal practice with real clients involved in transactional matters. Students practice under the supervision and mentoring of an experienced practitioner in one or more of the three TLC practice areas: business and non-profit, entertainment, or community economic development. TLC clients include entrepreneurs, small businesses, social enterprises, non-profit organizations, community groups, individuals and companies in the entertainment industry, and parties engaged in real estate transactions. Students will have direct hands-on responsibility for handling their cases and will gain experience in various aspects of transactional practice. Depending upon their clinical concentration and client needs, students typically have opportunities to engage in entity formation; securities, and start-up financing; contract negotiation and drafting; applications for tax-exemption; commercial financing; business acquisition; commercial leasing; licensing and permitting; trademark and copyright; corporate governance and compliance; real estate transactions and development; affordable housing development; zoning; condominium development; and other transactional legal work. TLC students typically experience professional growth in areas such as strategic judgment, transactional thinking ability, communication skills, client management, document drafting and review, ethical awareness, and practice-oriented research and writing. Community economic development work is through the Community Enterprise Project (CEP), via separate application.
You can read firsthand accounts regarding student experiences in TLC by visiting:
https://clinics.law.harvard.edu/tlc/an-experience-that-stands-out-from-the-rest/, https://clinics.law.harvard.edu/tlc/helping-minority-owned-businesses/, and https://clinics.law.harvard.edu/tlc/hands-on-experiential-work-starts-on-day-1-in-the-transactional-law-clinics/.
Enrollment is through clinical registration. Please refer to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website (https://hls.harvard.edu/clinics) for clinical registration dates, early add/drop deadlines, and other information about the clinical.