Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic

Students in the Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic serve as outside counsel for social enterprises (nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses) on corporate and transactional matters. Students advise their clients on a variety of corporate governance, compliance, transactional, and operational matters. Through their client work, students gain experience as business attorneys and develop transactional lawyering skills such as strategic planning, project management, client interviewing and counseling, legal research and analysis, contract drafting, and cross-cultural competencies. Students work closely with their clients to understand their organizational model, industry, and social impact goals to then provide counsel customized to the client’s particular corporate needs. Students are encouraged to grapple with and develop their own perspectives about how lawyers can best participate in the growing social enterprise sector and how transactional law can advance issues of economic and social justice.

Student testimonials here.

Classroom & Fieldwork

Clinical Instructor

The Clinic was founded by and is taught by Professor Alina Ball.

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Alina Ball

Professor of Law, Bion M. Gregory Chair in Business Law, and Co-Director of the Center for Racial and Economic Justice
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