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Nonprofit Organizations Clinic

The Nonprofit Organizations Clinic provides third-year law students the opportunity to represent charitable nonprofit organizations as Student Attorneys in various transactional law matters.

Through this Clinic and the legal representation being provided, students experience many facets of practice, including interviewing and counseling. Representation includes local, state, national and international clients including, Vertical Communities, Soda City Youth Slam, Potters Water Action Group, and Youthbridge Foundation.

Student Attorneys have provided legal assistance to hundreds of clients since the Clinic’s inception in 2009 in such matters as incorporation, preparation of by-laws, preparation and filing of IRC 501(c)(3) applications, contract review, drafting and negotiation, and real estate, intellectual property and land use issues. Students may attend board or board committee meetings, provide legal assistance to start up organizations or organizations that are merging, converting or spinning off new ventures and provide advice as to corporate structure and board governance.

The nature of the Clinic and the legal services provided allows for the stabilization of these organizations so that they are better able to carry out their missions and serve their communities.

John Langford

Student Testimonial: John Langford, Class of ’13

Participating in the nonprofit organizations clinic as a third year student at the University of South Carolina School provided me with the dual benefits of learning substantive nonprofit and tax-exempt law while also interacting with real clients and a supervising attorney before starting private practice. We learned the foundations of non-profit and tax-exempt law and also had the opportunity to apply the law to situations facing real clients. I continue to utilized the knowledge and experience that I gained from the nonprofit organizations clinic in my practice to this day.


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