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Transactional Clinics Introduction

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The proliferation of transactional legal clinics amongst law schools is a relatively recent phenomenon. Out of the approximately 200 accredited American law schools, all of which have some sort of clinical program, less than half have transactional clinics. The numbers, however, are growing substantially with law students demanding more diverse experiential learning that reflects the practice alternatives that exist in the marketplace. For an updated list of transactional clinics, please visit the Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic page.

The information in this section is intended to assist faculty and administrators at law schools to develop, plan, and operate a transactional clinic. It is broken up into the different operational components that one must think about before offering legal services to clients. Many of these components are supplemented with sample documents from assorted law schools already offering transactional clinics to students and clients.

It is important to note that there is not any singular way to organize and operate a transactional clinic nor is there a template that will work for all comers. The purpose of this section of the Web site is to give one a basic understanding of some of the issues involved and a few ideas for how others have dealt with them.

For more information on how to navigate the Operating Transactional Clinics section of the EshipLaw website, please refer to the How to Run a Transactional Clinic guide.

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