Information for Law Students
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, email@example.com or 503-768-6941.
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.
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.