The Law School offers several nationally ranked clinical programs allowing students, under the close supervision of faculty, to represent clients who present business-related issues. Students not only gain valuable negotiation and advocacy skills, but also learn to draft legal documents and research complex business law issues.
The Community Development and Transactions Clinic enables students to work with nonprofit and community-based organizations on issues such as entity formation and governance, tax compliance and exemption, public safety and economic development, employment law and workforce development, and environmental problem-solving.
Student attorneys in the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic represent low-income individuals who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, and assist them with matters before the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court.
The Law School, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, operates the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center (MIPLRC) at the Maryland Technology Development Center in College Park. Students in the Intellectual Property Law Clinic work at the MIPLRC advising biotech and infotech startup companies in connection with issues relating to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, domain names, and other intellectual property issues, as well as a variety of business law issues.
The Consumer Protection Clinic exposes students to federal, state and common law governing business and commercial transactions involving consumers. The clinic helps victims of fraud and other unfair or deceptive trade practices identify and enforce their rights under consumer protection laws. Cases may involve home improvement contractor fraud, home foreclosure defense, auto repossession defense, debt collection defense or other matters faced by consumers in financial distress. The clinic is structured on a litigation format, but also includes counseling and negotiation experiences.
Externships provide the opportunity for students to gain practical experience in business law by working with governmental agencies, business associations, or nonprofit organizations while earning academic credits.
Examples of externship placements include:
Students interested in a business law externship should contact Hilary Hansen in the Business Law Program for information about the application process, including due dates for processing credit requests. Students approved for credit must attend the accompanying tutorial sessions provided through the Business Law Program during the semester of their externship experience.
The University of Maryland School of Law Business Law Program encourages and sponsors students who desire to gain hands-on learning through transactional law competitions. These competitions frequently allow students an opportunity to draft deal documents and negotiate the terms of the deal against another student team. In addition, some competitions expose students to commercial litigation in a moot court format. We believe that these practice-based experiences enrich students' substantive learning and professional development.