By: Darius Wood, Fall 2015 Student Intern
My Investor Advocacy Clinic II experience proved to be vastly different from my first clinic experience. In Clinic II our professors assumed the role of a partner in a law firm, and we as students assumed the role of associates. At the beginning of the semester our professors assigned us cases and told us to go forth and develop a strategy. This approach proved to be very challenging for us at first. Like most students, we were accustomed to our professors guiding us through the actions we would need to take. It took us some time, but eventually it started to click for us and we began to take more and more ownership over our cases.
Working in the Clinic teaches you to take overship over managing the case development cycle from client intake to negotiating with opposing counsel. In the clinic we learned to develop a problem solving approach where we first researched and investigated each problem to determine the actions we could take. Then we learned to compare the pros and cons of each approach, and ultimately you recommend a given approach to the professors and then to the client. Concurrently, we had to learn to document the process and everything we learned along the way. This is the toughest part as it may seem tedious at first, but what use is everything you learned along the way if it not put into a format that anyone could understand?
I would recommend the Investor Advocacy Clinic to any student who is looking to develop lawyering skills that will be essential to them in their future legal practice (i.e., billing your time, working with a team of lawyers, document drafting, and client interactions) and to any student who wants to get a glimpse of what it will be like practicing law.