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Business Law Clinic

​​​Yearlong: 8 credits (4 credits per semester)

The Business Law Clinic, the law school’s only In-House transactional clinic, provides law students the opportunity to offer legal counsel to corporate or organizational entities on transactional matters. These entities may include start-ups, existing mid-sized businesses, and entrepreneurs from the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute in the University’s College of Business. Working under the direct supervision of experienced transactional attorneys, Clinic participants have the opportunity to participate in, and lead, negotiations, draft and negotiate contracts and corporate documents, draft client memoranda, counsel clients on corporate transactional and corporate governance legal issues, and be the primary legal counsel for clients. Depending on the needs of the clients, Clinic participants also work on corporate intellectual property issues, such as advising on copyright and trademark registration issues, and technology and IP licensing matters under the supervision of an experienced attorney skilled in Intellectual Property law. 

During the current academic year, clinic participants also work with graduate students from the University's College of Business MBA program and the University's College of Digital Media who provide financial and tech consulting services to Clinic clients as part of an internship with the Business Law Clinic. Law students partnered with business and tech graduate students create a vibrant incubator-type setting for Clinic clients providing law students an academically rich and intellectually stimulating collaborative practice experience in business and entrepreneurship law.


DePaul Newsline - New Business Clinic Aims to Assist DePaul Entrepreneurs


In the past two years, Business Law Clinic students have negotiated and drafted service agreements, license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, memoranda of understandings, and commercial leases; engaged in federal and state trademark and copyright counseling and obtained federal registrations with the USPTO and the Library of Congress copyright office; and counseled clients on corporate formation and corporate governance legal issues. These are some of the companies that students have worked with in the Business Law Clinic in the past year (listed with client permission):

“Working with my legal team at the DePaul Law Clinic helped me establish my company in Illinois and protect my intellectual property, now and in the future. As my company grows, I know I have a solid foundation thanks to the help I received from DePaul.”   - Nora Wall, founder of EduCalc.

"The Business Law Clinic has been great to work with. The students are great and can handle several different legal tasks. I enjoyed working with the team: legal, business and IT. This program is a great benefit and support to small business owners." - Afenya Pongo Montgomery, MBA, MSN, RN and founder of The iCAN Collective

Course Information

Instructor: Associate Dean Julie D. Lawton and Prof. Steven Wiser​
Instruction: This course is a combination of lecture, in-class discussion, skills instruction, and client counseling.
Number of Students: Maximum of 8 per academic year.
711 License: A 711 license is not required to participate in the Business Law Clinic.
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended Courses: Business Organizations and Business Fundamentals for Lawyers.
Eligibility: Only rising 2L and 3L students are eligible to apply. Evening students are admitted only in exceptional circumstances.