University News

Free Small Business Legal Clinic Now Accepting Applications

Published: July 03, 2023 | Categories: Law, All News

Application Deadline: August 15, 2023

Students assisting with Small Business Legal Clinic

The Western New England University (WNE) Small Business Legal Clinic is accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking legal assistance for the fall semester 2023. Under faculty supervision, law students assist clients with legal issues including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark applications and copyright. This is a free service available to local businesses that might not have the resources to obtain such services.

The Small Business Clinic has assisted more than 500 small businesses since it opened. "The Clinic is a great resource for entrepreneurs who lack the finances to retain an attorney," explained Associate Clinical Professor of Law Robert Statchen. "By using the Clinic's services, businesses can avoid problems by getting legal issues addressed early and correctly. It also provides students with a great opportunity to get real world experience."

The Clinic requests small business owners to submit their applications by August 15, 2023. Applications received after that date will be considered if additional resources are available. Students will begin providing services in mid September. For more information, call the Legal Clinic at 413-782-1469 or email Marie Fletcher, Clinical Programs Administrator at

The School of Law Small Business Legal Clinic was established to afford law students with an opportunity to provide practical consultation to entrepreneurs starting new and building existing small businesses in the community. This initiative strengthens alliances within the community by using the resources of the University to foster new business development. For more information or to complete an online application, visit