Information for Law Students

Peter Reid and Khalid AlArfaj work on client matters during the summer session. Peter Reid and Khalid AlArfaj work on client matters during the summer session.

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. Students are encouraged to take Business Associations before signing up for the clinic. 

In 2017, the SBLC began a Patent Program. Students must fill out an application prior to registering with the program. Students should have a background in science or techology and are encouraged to take IP survey classes before enrolling in the clinic. Any questions can be directed to Susan Felstiner, sfelstiner@lclark.edu or 503-768-6941.

Testimonials

Jacob McCormack - Intern Profile, 2022

Jacob McCormack has been an advanced intern at the Small Business Legal Clinic for the past 9 months. Jacob has many interests and talents; a pianist for over 18 years and also enjoys skiing, cycling, and traveling. But one of his favorite hobbies is playing video games, especially the ones created by Nintendo. He traveled widely for his studies including in New Zealand, Fiji, and Japan. Jacob graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Japanese. He almost applied to a PhD program for Japanese pedagogy in Canada but decided to pursue law instead.

SBLC Alumna Profile - Joohee “Judy” Kim

Over the past few years, Lewis & Clark Law School graduate Joohee (Judy) Kim has held almost every position at the SBLC; student, advanced student, law clerk and volunteer attorney. Born in South Korea and growing up in Saipan, Judy is a true island girl who loves sunny beaches and palm tree breezes. After spending a few very cold years at Smith College, Judy moved back to Saipan to finish her degree to become an elementary school teacher on her home island. Five years later, she moved to South Korea to receive her masters in interpretation and translation: a passion she discovered after spending a lifetime as her immigrant parents’ pro-bono interpreter and translator. While working as an in-house interpreter and translator, Judy quickly became versed in legal documents and discovered a newfound interest in law.

Casey Wood - SBLC Intern 2017, SBLC Advance Intern 2018

The Small Business Legal Clinic is a great program for local businesses and for Lewis & Clark Law School students. The SBLC has provided me with the tools that I need for everyday transactional legal work. As a student who plans to open his own practice after law school, I feel that the SBLC has prepared me with what to expect when performing business transactions. The SBLC is an excellent resource for students to try transactional legal work and see if it is an area they want to pursue. 

I am very happy I was able to be a part of the SBLC during law school. It is rewarding to see the satisfaction on client’s faces after helping them with their needs. The SBLC should be a requirement for any law student who wishes to practice business law.