USC Small Business Clinic

Clinic Director: Professor Michael A. Chasalow

The USC Law Small Business Clinic (SBC) provides basic corporate legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that cannot afford to pay market rates for legal services. The purpose of the SBC is to give students hands-on experience handling transactional legal problems while providing assistance to small business owners in the greater Los Angeles area. The SBC provides an opportunity for these businesses to implement legal protections and business structures available within our legal system and to obtain guidance in complying with a variety of legal requirements, even though many of these businesses are not able to afford the high costs of business legal services.

SBC client matters are handled by second- and third-year USC Law students, working under the close supervision of a full-time law professor and supervising attorney who directs the program. The SBC provides USC Law students with the unique opportunity to acquire skills, training and practical experience in working with business clients. These SBC experiences, counseling real businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizational clients, help students to bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law.

The SBC serves businesses within the greater Los Angeles community as well as the USC campus community. SBC clients have the opportunity to receive services and counsel at no cost to their business (other than the cost of any applicable filing fees or costs incurred for use of an outside commercial entity). Clients are selected by the SBC based upon a variety of factors, including the complexity of the case and the size and variety in the SBC case load. Clients are seen by appointment only.

Prospective clients should contact the SBC at:
email: SBC@law.usc.edu
phone: (213) 740-1928