Clinical Law Courses
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 Consumer Bankruptcy: Legal Theory and Practice offering focuses on consumer chapter 7 bankruptcy cases and also discusses chapter 13 bankruptcy. It allows students to work hand in hand with experienced consumer bankruptcy practitioners representing low-income, pro bono individual debtors in their federal, chapter 7 bankruptcy cases before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.
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.
Students in the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship 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.
In the Small Business & Community Equity Development Clinic, student attorney teams concentrate on legal/practical matters of concern to neighborhoods, organizations, and small busineses that lack access to needed legal services, as well as other forms of societal power. The clients are communities, organizations, and businesses, not individuals. This clinic engages in community lawyering, which seeks to organize and empower communities and community-based organizations by utilizing a wide range of legal tools to address community concerns.
Transactional Law Competitions
The 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.