The Nonprofit + Business Law Clinic (NBLC) is a component of the Small Business Law Center that provides legal assistance to eligible nonprofit organizations and small businesses that stimulate economic growth in communities of need. The NBLC works with individuals and organizations throughout San Diego County to help strengthen individual and community infrastructure. In addition to individual representation, the NBLC conducts legal information seminars at local chambers of commerce, trade organizations, and social services providers that promote community economic development. The NBLC has a wide range of clients but prioritizes assisting those who are unemployed, under-employed or are based in low-income communities.
The NBLC is now accepting requests for services from potential clients. The ideal client will have an existing business, or at least an outline of a business plan, and a willingness to work with law students.
The NBLC provides legal assistance in the following areas:
- General business advice
- Business formation and operation
- Contract review and negotiation
- Commercial leasing
- Nonprofit tax exemption
- Independent contractor and employment issues
- Permitting and licensing
The NBLC provides a wide variety of legal assistance, but does not represent clients in court. Also, the NBLC is not able to accommodate walk-in requests at this time, so please follow the guidelines below.
In order to qualify for representation, a potential client will be required to make financial disclosures for the NBLC to determine eligibility. To find out if you are eligible for our services, please complete the Request for Services Form. For more information about our services, please call 619.961.4382.
Students who participate in the NBLC will assist clients by forming business entities, drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, and guiding clients through the regulatory process. The NBLC experience will provide students with practical opportunities to develop skills in problem-solving, client development, drafting and critical thinking. Go to the Nonprofit + Business Law Clinic Eligibility and Requirements webpage for more information on the student application process.
Nonprofit + Business Law Clinic
Small Business Law Center
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
495 Eleventh Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.961.4382 Fax: 619.961.1382