Here is an interesting example of collaboration between a law firm and a law school to expand the clinical education in the law school curriculum. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has committed $250,000 to establish the Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Fellowship for a Nonprofit and General Counsel Clinic at Stanford Law School. The clinic, which is scheduled to launch in Fall 2007, will give students an opportunity to work with non-profit organizations and micro-businesses. The students will act as general counsel to non-profits, doing transactional work, including corporate governance matters and corporate disclosures.
The Nonprofit and General Counsel Clinic is one of ten clinics that operate as a single law firm – the Stanford Legal Clinic. Among them is the well-known Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, which has enabled students to work on more than two dozen Supreme Court cases. Other clinics do pro-bono work ranging from immigrants' rights to cyberlaw and environmental protection.
What do you think of clinical education? What kinds of clinics would you want to see at your law school?
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