Small business owners are vital contributors to their communities, but many often face limited legal resources and financial challenges. Through the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Law Project, Stanford Law students help under-resourced and underrepresented small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area navigate complex transactional legal questions. Members gain skills and experience in entrepreneurship and community development while engaging with the financial, strategic, and operational challenges faced by small businesses and entrepreneurs.
In 2022-2023, the project worked primarily with Start Small Think Big, a nonprofit supporting under-resourced entrepreneurs who are of color, women, members of other disadvantaged groups, and/or low-income with business revenues under $1M.
IMPORTANT: SBELP will not be recruiting new members through the Pro Bono Fair and fall application process. Partnership development continues for 2023-24 work. When opportunities are finalized, SBELP will recruit new members.
Commitment Required of All New Members:
To be determined once partnerships are finalized.
Open Membership Spots: Project Will Recruit Members Later in Year
Adv. Degree Student Participation: Permitted
Winter Start: N/A
Eligible for Meeting NYS Bar Pro Bono Requirement: Depends on particular project; Confirmation with NYS Bar recommended
Project Leaders: Avi Kumar and Daniel Lim