VOLUME
5:1
JUNE 2018
1-278
  • UNDERSTANDING THE SCOPE OF BUSINESS LAW CLINICS: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES

    Victoria Roper*, Elaine Campbell**, Assaf Ben-David***, Dov Greenbaum**** and Jonathan Askin*****
Abstract

The impetus for the emergence of business law clinics across jurisdictions is remarkably similar: commercially orientated education and development of students combined with a reconceptualised social justice agenda which embraces entrepreneurial activity in all forms. Business law clinics face the challenge of balancing the interests of students and clients, of service provision versus learning environment, within a distinctly entrepreneurial environment. To achieve this, we must enter into a dialogue and embrace a common mission. This article addresses the gap in the literature with a comparative analysis of the Business and Commercial Law Clinic at Northumbria Law School, England; The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Legal Clinic for Start-Ups at Radzyner Law School, Israel; and Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic at Brooklyn Law School, United States. We posit that business law clinics should be valued for their rich educational experience, the important assistance they provide and the wider bene ts they bestow on teaching institutions.

Keywords
business law clinics; commercial law clinics; clinical legal education; experiential learning; law clinics; pro bono; transactional clinics
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Introduction

Clinical legal education (CLE) is a growing area for academic research worldwide.1 Law school legal clinics are commonly associated with the provision of free legal advice about personal matters to individuals who cannot afford a lawyer. Business law clinics, a type of specialist legal clinic, conversely advise entrepreneurs and other existing businesses. They have long been established in the United States but have taken longer to emerge in other jurisdictions. This article suggests that business law clinics now play an important role in 21st century CLE, not only in the United States but also in countries across the world. The evidence suggests that there is a clear trend of growth and further anticipated growth.