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.

2Ls & 3Ls, a wealth of opportunity and experience can be found at the SBLC. Working under the guidance of Clinical Law Professor, Susan Felstiner, students gain hands-on experience by regularly communicating with clients, drafting contracts, registering business entities, conducting legal research, and drafting letters or responding to USPTO office actions.

Students are encouraged to register for the clinic as soon as registration opens, as slots can fill up quickly. While Business Associations I is listed as a prerequisite, concurrent registration in that course is accepted. Please email Professor Felstiner if you have any questions. 

In 2017, the SBLC began the Intern Patent Program. Students must fill out a separate application prior to registering with the program and are encouraged to take IP Survey before enrolling in the clinic. Any questions can be directed to Professor Felstiner, or 503-768-6941.

Student Profiles


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.