The Entrepreneurial & Transactional Law Clinic (ETC) at Drake University Law School provides free organizational and transactional legal services to business startups, entrepreneurs, and community nonprofit organizations to help them establish successful for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. The ETC targets entrepreneurs and innovators located in underserved Des Moines neighborhoods and Iowa rural communities who are not able to afford private legal counsel. Student attorneys, under the supervision of the ETC faculty, assist clients with business and nonprofit legal needs. The ETC is designed to support and promote urban neighborhood and rural community revitalization through economic development, small business growth and access to social services.
In addition to representing clients, student attorneys may also provide free community education workshops on issues related to small business and nonprofit startups. Clients receive free legal services but are responsible for all out-of-pocket fees and other expenses associated with the representation (such as state filing or application fees).
The ETC does not prepare tax returns, or provide assistance initiating or defending litigation.
ETC faculty members determine whether the requested services are appropriate for student representation. Priority is given to potential clients with projects that:
Prospective clients must submit an Application Requesting Legal Services. To obtain this application click on the button below. For more information, please contact the ETC at (515) 271-3851.