The theme of the 2018 TCC will be “Breaking Barriers to Entrepreneurship” – addressing at least three ways that transactional legal practice, and access to justice, may be improved:

Barriers For Teachers:

  • Few opportunities for teachers to learn about innovations in teaching
  • Limited law school resources to open and sustain transactional clinics
  • Competing priorities to juggle in teaching, supervising students, institutional service, marketing, administration, fundraising, and scholarship

Barriers for Entrepreneurs:

  • Uncertainty as to whether and how to seek legal counsel or legal knowledge
  • Access to legal help and legal knowledge restricted by wealth, geography, language, immigration status, and computer competency
  • Student entrepreneurs unable to translate innovations from the classroom into the marketplace
  • Challenges in accessing capital and other resources, particularly in underserved areas and among underserved populations

Barriers for Communities Wanting to Support Entrepreneurs:

  • Limited public knowledge about the legal needs of new businesses
  • Limited public education opportunities to learn about the legal aspects of starting a business
  • Insufficient connections between transactional clinics, law firms and legal service organizations
  • Insufficient connections between transactional clinics and other business support organizations, such as chambers of commerce, incubators, and Small Business Development Centers


The two-day TCC will be organized around workshops, posters, panels, and plenaries that address the above barriers while sharing best practices. The TCC will highlight innovations in:

  • teaching practices
  • expanding access to legal assistance to diverse communities of entrepreneurs
  • helping entrepreneurs find capital, arrange relationships with workers, and protect IP
  • involving students in education efforts to improve public knowledge about how to start a business
  • helping student entrepreneurs translate innovations into new products and services
  • integrating alumni and local bar members in student education
  • utilizing web technology to reach entrepreneurs in remote areas
  • gathering and analyzing case data about entrepreneur clients to assist policymakers