The Solo Practice Clinic (SPC) is an intensive six credit, one-semester clinical education program. The SPC consists of a seminar and a live client component, providing students with the opportunity to develop both legal practice and business management skills.
The seminar component covers skill-building topics, such as client interviewing, drafting case plans, legal strategy, storytelling in the law and cross-cultural lawyering. The seminar also covers business management skills, such as budgeting, marketing a law practice, setting fees and asking clients for money, retainer agreements, billing, banking and current practice disciplinary issues. In the client component of the SPC, students take the lead in representing clients in a variety of substantive areas that may include immigration, unemployment benefits, personal and small business bankruptcy and other practice areas that provide services to marginalized populations.
SPC clinic students are required to prepare a viable business plan for a solo or small firm law practice that incorporates the lessons of the semester. Through the SPC, students committed to solo or small firm practice upon graduation will have already obtained significant training, identified concrete solutions to obstacles to a successful practice and be prepared to open a practice upon graduation and licensure.
Enrollment in the SPC takes place each semester with enrollment for TU Law’s Clinical Education Program, and is restricted to six students who have completed or are enrolled in the Professional Responsibility course.