Information for Students

Student Prerequisites and Tracks in the ELC

Each law student’s clinical practice will follow one of three tracks noted below - only associated prerequisites for that track are required; enrollment preference will be given for advanced courses:

  1. Business Law Track: Business Orgs (A515) OR Closely Held Business Org (A567) OR Nonprofit Corp (E514)
  2. IP Track: IP Core (P501) OR Survey of IP (E567)
  3. Tax Track: Advising Privately-Owned Businesses (T525) OR Exempt Organizations (T512) OR Taxation of C & S Corps (A537)

Students interested in participating in the ELC must submit an application. We strongly advise students to turn in their applications by the deadline. Please note that the ELC only accepts third year law school students and LL.M. students; joint degree students are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Full-time, second year MBA students from the Foster School of Business are welcome to apply for the ELC through the UW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Student Requirements and Projects

Law students are asked to commit to three quarters of the ELC for three credits per quarter. In their first quarter in the ELC, students will have an initial meeting with their client and draft a section (corporate, intellectual property, tax or business) of a comprehensive business and legal audit memo with their client team under the supervision of attorneys and business mentors, as applicable. Ideally, the team will present the memo to the client by the end of the quarter in which it is assigned. In the winter and spring quarters, students are assigned additional clients and community outreach projects. Client assignments will include drafting various types of agreements. The ELC strives to give students an opportunity to work with clients from each of the following groups during their time in the clinic:

Community outreach projects vary. Students have presented to Native artists about their intellectual property rights, microenterprises about the nuts and bolts of corporate and tax law, among others."

The ELC provides me with deep experience in both handling client relationships and providing real-world legal advice. With thoughtful supervision from experienced attorneys, I have been encouraged to problem solve on my own and work with a team of lawyers and business experts towards my clients' unique goals. That experience, paired with the outstanding panels of startup business and legal experts that visit class each week, has made the ELC an ideal capstone to my legal training.

– Jason DeRosa, Class of 2011

The ELC provided exactly what's been lacking in law school: opportunities to get involved with and learn about transactional work and business counseling. I learned more working directly with small business clients on formation, early-stage financing, general IP strategy, and business compliance issues than I have in any traditional lecture setting. On top of that, the weekly topical discussions with business leaders and practicing attorneys offered a great preview into the nuances of business counseling from both sides of the table -- finally an experience that is actually preparing us for practice.

- Thomas Kang, Class of 2011

Participating in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic has been an invaluable experience. It is extremely gratifying to put to use what I’ve learned in classes such as Business Organizations, Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs, and Securities Regulation. And helping individuals in our community start and build their businesses is a reward in and of itself.

- Eleanor Miller, Class of 2011

Last updated 10/10/2013