International Transactions Clinic
The International Transactions Clinic (ITC) is the first of its kind. It is a training ground for highly qualified lawyers who graduate already experienced at representing their clients' interests in an increasingly globalized and complex world.
Like other clinics, the ITC provides real-world experience for students working on real matters for real clients. Unlike other clinics now found in U.S. law schools, however, the ITC combines transactional work with an international focus.
The ITC has a diverse range of clients. What the ITC clients all hold in common, however, is an international focus and a willingness to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges—like poverty, adequate housing, environmental degradation, and climate change.
The ITC concentrates on teaching students skills that are critically important to their professional development as they enter into practice areas that involve international transactions. Under the supervision of faculty members who are practicing attorneys in California, Michigan, New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., students learn drafting and negotiation skills as applied to cross-border transactions, analyze ethical issues that can arise in international business, build skills at structuring and documenting investments in enterprises that primarily work in emerging markets, and deepen their understanding of international economic and financial policy. They also learn how to give legal advice and support to clients that work in challenging business and legal environments.
Here is a retrospective of the first five years of the ITC (2008-2013).
Since its founding in 2008, the ITC has engaged in more than 100 transaction matters. Here are highlights of several recent transactions:
1) Habitat for Humanity International launches the MicroBuild Fund (2011-2012): http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=2303
2) Pilus Energy collaborates with Chinese universities to bring "bacto-bots" to China (2012-2013): http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=3257.
3) DIIME becomes first DIY benefit corporation in State of Michigan (2012-2013): http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=3261.
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