Working under the guidance of an experienced Clinical Law Professor, upper division law students (“interns”) represent small and emerging businesses in business transactional matters. The interns handle the majority of the client’s work, learning how to interview and counsel clients, draft and negotiate contracts, and how to manage a law practice. Interns also have the opportunity to give presentations at community events held by local small business development centers. The Intern Program operates in accordance with the academic calendar.
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While the experience I gained was invaluable, I think that the SBLC’s impact on the community is incalculable. The SBLC provides a foundation where aspiring attorneys can learn the value and impact of pro bono services. But more importantly, SBLC provides services to a vastly underserved marketplace; offering support to businesses as they struggle to compete, grow, and navigate through complex business and legal issues.
I highly recommend the SBLC to both law students interested in business law, and business that are facing challenges and need legal counsel.More >
Multnomah County Circuit CourtMore >
As Student Director I continued to work one-on-one with clients, but on more complex matters. One client was seeking a federal trademark for its business, a web-based provider of information on recycling and sustainable practices. It was my pleasure to obtain the trademark for the business—a first for the SBLC’s Intern Program. As Student DirectorI also assisted the Legal Interns with their client matters. I met with each student to discuss their clients’ needs and plan a good course of action. We would also role play client meetings and counseling sessions, the interns would be prepared for their client meetings. The SBLC operates like a small law firm which gives the Legal Interns a glimpse into the “real” legal world. I really enjoyed working at the SBLC and I hope to stay connected with them when I am a practicing attorney.
Shawn Overstreet, Attorney, Multnomah County DA’s OfficeMore >