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Clinic Structure

For the in-house volunteer, the Clinic in a Box® Program – Legal Audit and the Clinic in a Box® Program – Select Topic are brief pro bono commitments divided into two important components – training and advice.

  • Length of Clinics: 4.5 hours
  • Session I: Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Training:  During the first hour-and-a-half of the legal audit and select topic clinics, in-house volunteers receive the training necessary to advise a local nonprofit organization or small business during Session II. Experts from a local law firm instruct the in-house lawyers on applicable legal issues. For the Clinic in Box® Program – Legal Audit, the areas covered are governance, employment, intellectual property, real estate, and tax. For the Clinic in a Box® Program – Select Topic, the host organizations select the topics to be covered at the clinic.
  • Session II: Client Meeting: For the remainder of the legal audit and select topic clinics, in-house volunteers meet with the leader of a local nonprofit or small business (the client), in pairs or small groups, and lead the client through a checklist, spotting issues and providing legal advice when needed. To the extent legal issues arise that cannot be resolved at the clinics, the in-house volunteer has the option to provide ongoing pro bono representation to the client or to ask the law firm or public interest partner to assist in the matter.

For more information, contact CPBO.