Client Information

Study Corporate Law at NKU Chase College of Law

Thank you for your interest in the Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic. The clinic accepts applications on an ongoing basis but we are in session only during the fall and spring semesters (mid-August to early December, and mid-January to early May). We try to take on only matters that we can complete during a semester, but since the students are generally devoting only approximately 10 hours per week to clinic work, the progress will be slower than going to a full-time attorney. While we hope we can assist you, our resources are limited. If you have urgent legal matters, please do not wait for clinic assistance but seek other legal representation.

Legal Issues Handled by the Clinic

This is not a complete list but illustrates the type of matters handled by the clinic.

  • Helping clients choose an effective business structure
  • Business formation
  • Drafting contracts and agreements relating to a client's business
  • Advising clients on how to comply with ongoing legal requirements that affect their business
  • Advising nonprofit entities

We do not handle disputes or litigation. We offer some advice on intellectual property matters, but we do not assist with patent or trademark applications. We provide some assistance with applications for 501(c)(3) status for non-profit organizations, but we do not complete the filings for clients.

“I was given a HUGE amount of advice … which I would not have been able to afford otherwise.”

Client Eligibility

The clinic provides advice and counsel to new or emerging businesses that would otherwise be unable to hire outside counsel. The clinic also works with nonprofit organizations that often cannot afford legal counsel to address their legal needs.

Clients are chosen based on the following considerations:

  • Clients with issues that will provide students with a challenging and interesting learning experience
  • Clients who do not have adequate resources to obtain legal services from the private bar

“The students was thorough, personable and responsive…It was a pleasure to work with the … [clinic] and I have recommended this service to others.”

Application and Acceptance Process

Potential clients should fill out the applicable printable (pdf) application available below. We hope to have an electronic version soon. Printed applications should be mailed to Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic, c/o Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY, 41099; or scanned and emailed to; or faxed to 859-572-6302. Once the clinic staff receives the application, it will be determined whether representation is appropriate. Completing and submitting an application does not create an attorney/client relationship.

If the clinic staff decides that representation is appropriate, a student clinician will contact the client to set up an initial interview. After the interview, a final decision will be made on whether the clinic can provide the requested services.* If the application is accepted, the client must sign an engagement letter prior to any clinic assistance.

* Client selection is ultimately within the discretion of the clinic director.


If you have any questions about the clinic or possible representation, you can contact us via email at