Legal Clinic corporate law

Students are confronted with one or more real-world legal questions that they must analyze and answer under supervision.

Goal of the course

Students are confronted with one or more real-world legal questions that they must analyze and answer under supervision.

The objectives include:

  • To analyze cases and to design solutions independently and/or in team
  • To analyze cases and to design solutions independently and/or in team
  • Verbally present and defend legal positions and solutions of a case presented
  • Awareness of a lawyer's responsibility to litigants
  • Have a service-oriented attitude toward litigants

The students

The scientifical skills build further on the research methods course from third undergraduate. The students taking this course are first-year master's students with a thorough basic knowledge that should enable them to handle legal cases.

Input at the start

Crucially, the students come into contact with a legal question/problem from the field. From participating companies, organizations, startups, ed. we expect a legal problem statement or, more specifically, a legal question. For example, participating parties may ask whether or not certain legislation applies to their start-up (and if so, what they need to do to be in compliance with such legislation). They may also ask to have a particular agreement, terms and conditions or policy drafted.

End result

Participating organizations will receive a written advice, agreement and/or policy document at the end of the project.

Example projects

Two examples will be cited below:

1. Project - DRIPL In this case study, students were confronted with the question of student entrepreneurs to verify that their startup project (the launch of beverage dispensers with certain innovative specifications) has no legal issues. After the students spoke to the student entrepreneurs, some legal pain points were detected (by the students). On each of these points, the students worked on it in order to provide the student entrepreneurs with sound advice.

2. Project - student services Students in this case study were confronted with a question from the Ugent - student services department. After the students spoke with the person in charge of the student services department, it became clear to them what specific questions they needed to address. They then went to work on drafting a detailed legal advice. For all projects, students are supervised very closely by various coaches associated with the faculty (professors and/or (practicing) assistants). They receive assistance in gaining insight into and defining the legal issues, in drawing up the time frame in which these issues will be dealt with, as well as in drawing up and improving the final advice, agreement or policy. At the end of the project, students will hold an presentation of their project, where additional questions may be asked by individual coaches.

Practicalities

Teaching language

Dutch

Budget

Worktime for students

45u

Timing

Year course