Clinics and Practical Skills
While many business law classes at Lewis & Clark offer students simulated real-life experiences, those interested in learning in a practice environment have a wide array of choices. Lewis & Clark Law School offers one of the most comprehensive practical skills programs in the country related to business law. Students can choose from some of the following popular practical skills courses offered at Lewis & Clark:
The Law School prides itself on its rich offerings of clinical opportunities for students that offer hands-on practical experiences with real clients. These are classes that give credit for an “in-class” component combined with outside work “in the field.” You not only attend a weekly clinical class but spend several hours each week working under the guidance of an experienced, practicing attorney.
- The Small Business Legal Clinic: Located downtown, this unique and innovative transactional business law clinic offers students the opportunity to work directly with small, low-income, women and minority-owned businesses. Students draft contracts, review leases, work on IP issues, business formation, employment agreements and policies,and much more, under the direction of an experienced clinical law professor.
- The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic: Under the guidance of an experienced former attorney for the IRS, students represent clients in individual cases before the IRS, and work on myriad tax issues.
Externing offers students a full time semester-long (or summer) “immersion” experience at a placement anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. The student must be supervised by a licensed practicing attorney and comply with other requirements. Students receive a full semester’s (or summer’s) credit for their participation. For students interested in intense experiential learning, an externship can be an exciting and enlightening opportunity. Business law students have externed for a variety of employers from large companies like Adidas and ClearSlide to and small, medium, and large private firms.
Through legal practica, students receive course credit for part-time work under the supervision of a local attorney while still attending class on campus. While we offer several practicum placements, the Entrepreneurship and the Law practicum would be of particular interest to our business law students.
Moot Court and Legal Competitions
Students are able to enroll in courses that hone trial, persuasive writing and litigation skills through moot court, mock trial, and other competitions. Those interested in business law should consider the following opportunities: