Business Innovations Clinic
The Business Innovations Legal Clinic provides high-quality, pro bono transactional legal counsel to small businesses and non-profits working in economic development, many of which would not be able to obtain legal assistance otherwise. Our clients are based in Arkansas and are from the following sectors: food and farm, affordable housing, health, music and arts, and more. Services are provided throughout the state of Arkansas.
Under the close supervision of a licensed law professor with practice experience, students gain hands-on, transactional legal experience via three major methods:
- Individual Legal Counsel – traditional attorney-client services;
- Community Legal Workshops—live legal workshops on business formation, intellectual property basics, and other legal topics requested by community groups and small businesses; and
- Legal Toolkits and Reports—developing legal resource available to the public through online and print publication on a variety of topics including business formation, economic development guide to heirs properties in Arkansas, a joint venture manual for small businesses and nonprofits, and research summaries on various business growth issues.
Innov-Eat Café. The Business Innovations Clinic also coordinates the operation of the Innov-Eat Café, a small business incubator located in the law school where clinical clients and other small businesses sell healthy and delicious prepared foods, locally roasted coffee, and locally-made art. The Innov-Eat Café clients have received legal assistance from clinical students in the areas of incorporation, tax and permitting, intellectual property, or other transactional areas. For more information, check out the Innov-Eat Café facebook page.
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This clinic is funded by a generous grant from the Office of the Attorney General, State of Arkansas.