Informationfor Students

Second- and third-year law students should register for the seven-credit clinic through the Law School’s computerized registration system.

There are no prerequisites for taking the Clinic. Because much of the client work will be in corporate, tax, intellectual property, and other business areas, students will likely find prior course work in those areas helpful.

The clinic is a seven-credit course—three for the seminar and four for the client work. The three-credit seminar is graded and the four-credit portion for the client work is pass/fail.

The clinic includes a three-credit seminar. The classroom component addresses topics including how to effectively represent entrepreneurial ventures, interviewing and counseling clients, negotiating and drafting documents, entity formation, financing the entity, intellectual property, legal ethics, and other relevant topics. Clinic students also participate in “case rounds” in which they present and discuss the various matters the Clinic is handling.

Beyond the seminar class meetings, the clinic involves frequent meetings with the clinic faculty, clients, and fellow student attorneys.

Law students taking the clinic should expect a significant amount of work (including independent research and education) to sufficiently address the diversity of legal needs that entrepreneurs present. Student attorneys should expect to spend at least 20 hours each week representing their clients. In addition to this client representation, student attorneys attend four hours of class each week, prepare for each class, meet with their supervising faculty, attend local entrepreneurial events, and plan and deliver educational sessions (e.g., office hours, presentations, and publications) to the local community. Student attorneys will have a set four-hour period each week when they must be present in the clinic space. In short, law students taking the clinic should plan their semester accordingly so they can devote the necessary time to the clinic and their clients.

Because the clinic focuses on teaching how to advise entrepreneurial ventures in the capacity as a lawyer, only law students may apply to be students in the clinic. On the other hand, any University of Michigan student may apply to be a client of the clinic.

The clinic has experienced high demand from law students. The clinic seeks to admit a well-rounded group of student attorneys that can sufficiently meet the legal needs of the clinic clients. While there is no formula to guarantee acceptance to the clinic, many law students getting into the clinic have a demonstrated commitment to working with early-stage technology ventures.

The clinic’s clients will come from U-M’s exceptional student body, including those from the engineering, business, and medical schools.