Small Business Law Center

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The mission of the Small Business Law Center at Thomas Jefferson School of Law is to provide law students with practical skills opportunities that support community economic development in San Diego County.


The Small Business (SBLC) at Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides legal assistance to entrepreneurs, artists, inventors, small businesses, and non-profit organizations that do not have the financial means to hire a lawyer. Under the supervision of California licensed attorneys, law students assist clients with their legal needs. Components of the SBLC include the (1) Art and Entertainment Law Project, the (2) Nonprofit + Business Law Clinic, the (3) Patent Clinic and the (4) Trademark Clinic. Thomas Jefferson School of Law is currently the only law school in California to have both a patent clinic and a trademark clinic that are certified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The SBLC provides free legal assistance in the following areas:

  • General Business Advice
  • Business Formation
  • Contract Review and Negotiation
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Non-profit Tax Exemption
  • Independent Contractor and Employment Issues
  • Permitting and Licensing
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Patent
  • Publicity Rights
  • Trade Secrets

For further information about our clinics and how to request services, please see each clinic webpage. The links are in the right side navigation. To find out if you are eligible for our services, please complete the Request for Services Form.

View the Small Business Law Center Brochure in English or Spanish.

Small Business Law Center
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

701 B St. Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.961.4382
Fax: 619.961.1382

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