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Amanda Spratley

Visiting Practice Professor of Law

Professor Spratley is a Visiting Practice Professor of Law in Penn Law's Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, where she teaches and supervises law students provide a variety of transactional legal services to entrepreneurs, businesses and social ventures. Professor Spratley has served as an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Community Development Clinic at the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth, where she taught Business Organizations and Independent Legal Research courses and taught, directed and served as the supervising attorney for the law school's Community Development Clinic - a law school legal clinic providing free legal assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining UMass School of Law, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and the inaugural Friedman Fellow in the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic at The George Washington University Law School where she co-taught and co-supervised law students provide pro-bono legal services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC area.

Professor Spratley has presented and moderated at a number of conferences and events across the country on topics related to business and nonprofit law, creativity and innovation, and legal education, including the Transactional Law Clinic Conferences in Chicago and Washington, DC, the Center for Law and Intellectual Property Innovation Summit on Shaping the Future of Law and Entrepreneurship in Fort Worth, TX, the Clinical Law Review Scholarship Workshop in New York City, and the Scholarship & Teaching Development Workshop in Albany, NY. She has additionally taught classes in the area of real estate.

Professor Spratley obtained her LL.M. degree focusing in Small Business Law and Clinical Legal Education and her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School. During law school, she served on the ADR Board, Mock Trial Board, Moot Court Board, and was a Regional Semi-Finalist and the GW First Place Team Winner of the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Law Moot Court Competition. She further served as a law firm Summer Associate, a Law Faculty Research Assistant and Law Library Legal Research Fellow, and was an Associate Editor for the Elliott School International Affairs Review Academic Journal. She obtained her B.B.A. degree focusing in business and psychology from The College of William and Mary.


  • Business Entities
  • Business Law
  • Community Development
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic Development
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Start-Up Ventures
  • Transactional Law

Articles and Book Chapters

How Microenterprise Development Contributes to Community Economic Development, in BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: A GUIDE TO COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR ADVOCATES, LAWYERS, AND POLICYMAKERS 379 (Roger A. Clay, Jr. & Susan R. Jones eds., American Bar Association 2009)(with Prof. Susan R. Jones).

Connecting Law and Creativity: The Role of Lawyers in Supporting Creative and Innovative Economic Development, 8 Hastings Bus. L.J. 221 (Summer 2012).

Engaging Outside Counsel in Transactional Law Clinics, 20 Clinical L. Rev. 379 (2014)(with Prof. Alicia Plerhoples).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law
  • Community Economic Development
  • Real Estate
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Art and Entertainment Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Education


  • Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
  • Women's Law Project Externship
  • US Attorney's Office-Civil Division Externship
  • Ad Hoc Externship

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