Entrepreneurship and
Community Development Clinic

(Formerly known as the Transactional Clinic)

Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic Director, Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher D. Heard

The Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center ("ECDC") represents Houston-area entrepreneurs and small businesses in connection with entity formation, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, raising capital, buying and selling equity and assets, working with employees and independent contractors, and other transactional business law matters.

The ECDC gives second-year and third-year law students exposure to real-life issues that confront local entrepreneurs and small businesses, while providing clients with sound legal advice and representation.  Student attorneys work closely with their clients under the supervision of a professor who is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

The ECDC has a classroom component that meets for two hours a week for fourteen weeks over the course of the semester.  Student attorneys present and discuss their client matters during class meetings.  The classroom component also provides students with a solid understanding of contract drafting and other skills necessary to be a successful transactional attorney.


Semester/ Credit Hours



Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic I

Fall, Spring & Summer
3 or 4 Credit Hours, graded.

Students must complete 50 hours for every credit.

Good academic standing.

Students must attend a mandatory orientation held the Wednesday before the first day of school.

Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic II

Fall, Spring & Summer
Credit hours vary.

Completion of Clinic I. Good academic standing.