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Nonprofit Law Clinic


Legal for Good partners with the University of St. Thomas School of Law to teach students interested in nonprofit law while assisting existing and aspiring nonprofit organizations with their legal needs. The Nonprofit Law Clinic is designed to help nonprofits get off the ground and sustain themselves as they promote social and economic justice here and abroad.

Legal for Good PLLC, through supervised certified law students at the University of St. Thomas, can assist with matters like the following:

  • Creating/amending Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

  • Filing applications for 501(c) income tax exemption with the IRS

  • Filing applications for sales tax exemption with the Minnesota Department of Revenue

  • Creating/amending policies and procedures

  • Dissolving existing nonprofits

  • Researching complex legal issues related to nonprofits


Nonprofit Law Clinic at the 2018 Brackets for Good “tip off” pep rally

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Nonprofit Organizations Clinic


We review complete and submitted applications on a rolling basis.  We select nonprofits who we think are the most deserving recipients, and the number selected depends upon how many students are enrolled in the Nonprofit Law Clinic and the students’ work load.


Along with filling out the application at the bottom of this page, applicants will be asked to email one of the following to demonstrate proof of need:

  1. If you’re starting a nonprofit:

    • Any termination letter or notices demonstrating lack of employment,

    • Tax Return from prior year, Form 1040,

    • Copy of pay stubs from last 2 months,

    • Proof of enrollment in Free or Reduced Lunch Program, OR

    • Proof of enrollment in state, county, or federal assistance (i.e., food stamps, Medicaid, or other government assistance program).

  2. If you’re already a leader of a nonprofit:

    • Financial statement or ledger demonstrating the organization’s annual revenue is ordinarily $10,000 or less,

    • If the organization raises more than $10,000 annually, a statement explaining why an exception should be made for your needed project(s).

Additionally, we ask that applicants provide a statement detailing:

  • A description of the project you’d like the Nonprofit Law Clinic to assist you with;

  • An explanation of your motivation underlying the project, AND

  • What lasting impact you believe the project will have upon the community.

NO DISCRIMINATION: Neither Legal for Good nor the University of St. Thomas School of Law discriminate based on considerations of disability, national origin, race, color, creed, gender, age, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation.

NOTE: Appointments must be cancelled at least 24 hours prior to the appointment time.  We reserve the right to deny applications or terminate existing relationships if this, or other common courtesies, are not observed.


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