Clients of the Business and Tax Clinic include individuals and organizations that have multiple legal and non-legal needs. As a general rule, all prospective clients must meet certain income guidelines in order to qualify.
Prospective clients that do not fit within the Clinic's general income requirements will not automatically be considered ineligible for representation. Individuals with lower to mid-level incomes are generally eligible for representation as long as the issue for which they are seeking Clinic representation fit within the Clinic's guidelines.
Generally, the Business and Tax Clinic will decline representation to:
Prospective clients must go through the following process to be eligible for representation by the Clinic.
After payment of a $10.00 fee prospective clients sit down with a clinical law student to determine:
After the intake process is complete the prospective client's matter will be presented to the clinic faculty for evaluation. The Clinic faculty will consider the educational value for students, the Clinic's ability to handle the case competently, the existing case load and the prospective client's financial need.
If the Clinic accepts a case, it will ask the client:
If the clinic declines representation, the clinic will notify the prospective client and attempt to refer the individual to a lawyer, accountant or other person capable of resolving the individual's issue.