The Business Clinic provides corporate legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations that cannot afford to pay market rates for legal services. The primary objective of the Business Clinic is to give students hands-on experience handling transactional legal problems while providing assistance to small business owners in the Greater Knoxville area. Since many of these businesses are not able to afford the high costs of business legal services, the Business Clinic 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.
Third-year law students, working under the close supervision of a full-time law professor and supervising attorney who directs the program, handle Business Clinic client matters. It provides law students with the unique opportunity to acquire skills, training, and practical experience in working with business clients. Experience counseling real business helps students to bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law. The Business Clinic models itself after the structure and services of a technology and entrepreneurship focused law firm by providing access to legal advice in critical areas such as:
- Business planning
- Entity selection and registration
- State and local business licenses
- Federal, state, and local tax issues
- Financing documentation and securities issues
- Leases and other commercial contracts
- Employment agreements
- Trademark and copyright registration, IP licensing agreements, and material transfer and non-disclosure agreements
- IP counseling regarding branding, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, freedom to operate, unfair competition, antitrust, publicity rights, and privacy rights
By providing such counseling, the Business Clinic, in conjunction with the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, has become one of the cornerstones of the innovation ecosystem in the Greater Knoxville area. In 2012-2013, the Business Clinics served 52 ventures in the following types of clients:
- Technology Entrepreneurs
- Small Business Owners
- Social Entrepreneurs & Non-Profits
- University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Labs Researchers and Students
The Business Law Clinic, taught by Brian Krumm, is a six-credit course, offered during the fall and spring semesters.
The University of Tennessee College of Law
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.