WNE Small Business Legal Clinic seeks applicants for fall semester

Date: 7/16/2015

SPRINGFIELD – The Western New England University Small Business Legal Clinic is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking legal assistance for the fall 2015 semester. This is a free service available to local businesses that would not otherwise have the resources to obtain these types of services.

The Small Business Clinic at Western New England School of Law has assisted more than 300 small businesses.

“The clinic is a great resource for entrepreneurs who lack the finances to retain an attorney. By using the Clinic's services, businesses can avoid problems by getting legal issues addressed early and correctly. It also provides students with a great opportunity to get real world experience,” Robert Statchen, law professor and director of the clinic, said.

Under faculty supervision, law students assist clients with legal issues including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark applications and copyright.

The Small Business Legal Clinic asks small business owners to submit their applications by Aug. 7. Applications received after that date will be considered if additional resources are available. Students will begin providing services in September. For more information, call the Legal Clinic at 782-1469 or email bstatchen@law.wne.edu.

The Western New England University Small Business Legal Clinic was established to provide law students with an opportunity to offer practical consultation to entrepreneurs starting new and building existing small businesses in the community. This initiative strengthens alliances within the community by using the resources of the University to foster new business development. For more information, visit www1.wne.edu/cie.