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 The Law of Nonprofit Orgs (E514)
  2. IP Track: IP Law Core (P501) OR IP Survey (E567)
  3. Tax Track: Advising Privately-Owned Businesses (T525) OR Exempt Organizations (T512)

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 Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Skills Focus

  • Client interviewing and counseling
  • Application of substantive law to actual client representation
  • Drafting client memos, contracts, business formation, and regulatory compliance documents
  • Effective and appropriate methods of communication
  • Legal research
  • Managing ethical issues, particularly conflict of interest
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Professionalism
  • Project and time management

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

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