Business Law Clinic Provides Experiential Learning Thanks to Continued Support
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UVic Law has been recognized since its inception for teaching innovation and its unmatched commitment to experiential education, in which students learn through mentorship and clinical programs. Today we continue to expand the practical learning opportunities we provide to students as well as the very real-world contributions they make in our larger communities. UVic’s Business Law Clinic (BLC) is a cornerstone of our program, and several prominent firms with strong links to UVic have joined a consortium to support the Clinic in its next phase of growth. McMillan LLP, Miller Thomson Lawyers, McCarthy Tétrault, and Borden Ladner Gervais have each signed on with a pledge of engagement. To them we extend our sincere thanks, for their generosity and their commitment to ensuring that UVic Law continues to be a premier destination law school in Canada.
The first of its kind in the province, UVic’s BLC performs a unique and valuable role: providing a practical education to the next generation of lawyers and legal information to aspiring entrepreneurs, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations across BC who would otherwise be unable to access legal services. Moreover it is the only law school clinic in Western Canada that focuses exclusively on business issues. Under the guidance of BLC Director Michael Litchfield, upper-year law students provide clients with legal assistance in business planning and operations as well as offering expertise on matters such as incorporation, financing, charitable registration, and more. In this way, the BLC provides students the opportunity to develop practical business law skills and apply them creatively and thoughtfully, enhancing their knowledge of highly relevant areas of law.
The BLC is a key ‘access to justice’ initiative that offers practicing lawyers the opportunity for professional development and volunteerism, while it serves to directly strengthen local capacity and local economies. We invite firms with a Business Law practice to join the consortium, providing financial support and specialized expertise to the BLC through a sponsorship program. To find out more, please contact the Development Officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (250-472-5627). UVic Law deeply values its relationship with the British Columbia business law community, in Victoria, downtown Vancouver, the Okanagan and elsewhere. Thank you, for all you do.