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Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (Kosuri/Robau)

Spring 2024   LAW 680-001  

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Faculty
Praveen Kosuri

Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Practice Professor of Law, Director Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic

pkosuri@law.upenn.edu
Peter Robau

Clinical Legal Supervisor & Lecturer in Law

probau@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
100% Other (See course syllabus.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 1:30PM - 2:50PM
Tanenbaum Hall 345

Category
Clinics/Externships

Credits
6.0

PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES FOR CLINICS AVAILABLE ON THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTION PAGE.

Students in this clinical course directly represent entrepreneurs, businesses, and social ventures primarily from the Philadelphia area. With the guidance and supervision of full-time faculty with significant transactional experience, students serve as the primary counsel to both for profit and non-profit clients on matters such as business structuring and formation, contract drafting and review, intellectual property, managing employees, negotiating with third parties, asset acquisitions and dispositions, business strategy, and regulatory requirements. The Clinic does not litigate. Through weekly seminars, concepts and skills involving substantive law, business, and professional development are introduced to enable students to best serve their clients and learn the fundamentals of transactional practice and positively impact distressed communities and society. In addition to the regularly scheduled class meetings, students will meet with Faculty supervisors at least once a week for approximately one hour to receive individualized guidance and feedback. Students also may conduct workshops for area entrepreneurs on various legal topics associated with starting or growing a business.

Enrollment in this course is limited. There are no prerequisites, but Corporations, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Contract Drafting and the Wharton Certificate in Management program are useful.

Please note: This is a time intensive experience and work in the ELC continues through the end of the exam period. You should not enroll in this clinic in a semester in which you have other significant demands on your time or a heavy exam schedule. Please contact clinic faculty if you have questions or concerns.

You may not enroll in this course if: a) you are enrolled in another clinical course or an externship in the same semester; or b) you have 1 or more incomplete grades at the beginning of the semester. Once enrolled in the course, the expectation is that you are committed to it. If you do not appear for the first class you may be dropped from the course and replaced by the next person on the waitlist. See General Enrollment Procedures for Clinics available on the Registrar's website - https://www.law.upenn.edu/registrar/enrollment-procedures-for-clinical-courses.php.

Students who elect to use their enrollment in the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic toward their public service requirement will receive one less credit for this course.

PLEASE NOTE: the clinic is not just a class, it’s a professional commitment to clients, peers, and faculty. If you are enrolled in a clinic you will have until Nov. 27, 2023, at 5pm to confirm and commit to your seat. Additional instructions will be provided via email after you are enrolled. After you confirm and commit, you will be fully enrolled in the clinic and may not drop without permission from the instructor and Dean of Students.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of intellectual property law; Perform legal analysis in the context of intellectual property law; Communicate effectively on topics related to intellectual property; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between technology and intellectual property, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.


Textbooks

"The Rules of Professional Conduct are available for free download on the PA Supreme Court's website" by Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Publisher: Disp Board
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