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Small Business & Nonprofit Transactional Law Clinic

In the Small Business & Nonprofit Transactional Law Clinic (Transactional Clinic), upper-level law students provide business and legal assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Topeka and surrounding areas.

The Transactional Clinic has two primary goals:

  • To help students develop skills in business counseling and transactional law, and
  • To serve the legal needs of businesses and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to hire legal counsel

These are done under the supervision of an experienced licensed attorney who is also a member of the law school faculty.

Students must apply and be selected to enroll in this clinic.

The Transactional Clinic provides a wide variety of legal assistance, but does not assist businesses or organizations with litigation. Business counseling and legal services include:

  • Drafting and reviewing business plans
  • Counseling on choice of entity formation and start-up services to for-profit and nonprofit groups
  • Drafting and filing charter documents
  • Drafting governing documents, such as bylaws, operating agreements, and partnership/shareholder agreements
  • Applying for tax-exempt status for nonprofit organizations
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts, leases, and licensing agreements
  • Counseling on compliance with local, state, and federal laws
  • Research and counseling on select intellectual property issues

The transactional law practice also is a natural complement to the Business and Transactional Law Center.

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Photograph: Janet Thompson Jackson.
Interim Co-director of the Law Clinic and Professor of Law Janet Thompson Jackson