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Organizations and Transactions Clinic

Seminar

The clinic seminar meets multiple times during the first week, and then generally meets twice a week.

The Week 1 “bootcamp” sessions focus on discussion of clinic objectives and operations, client assignments, and preparation-for-practice fundamentals relating to professional responsibility, legal documents, nonprofit law, corporate governance, organizational leadership, contracts, and working as a lawyer.

After Week 1, the meetings center on discussion of client work and on orientation to corporate practice. Students regularly lead discussions about client projects, with topics including substantive matters, work-product design, and client relationship considerations. We moot presentations to client boards. The instructors lead explorations of core commercial relationships such as acquisition, credit, and license, and discuss transaction management, disclosure, and other topics. We do multiple activities including in-class individual and group exercises, homework writing assignments, and in-class review of public company contracts, disclosure documents, and other materials encountered in practice. We also hold sessions with guest speakers.

Students also participate in the Mills Legal Clinic’s rounds program. General rounds are small group meetings with students from the other clinics. There may also be one “grand” rounds session during the term, at which all clinic faculty and students come together. Members of the clinic faculty facilitate general rounds meetings. These sessions provide students with an opportunity to discuss client work with other students and learn about the work of the other clinics.