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Talking About the ITC


"Clinic work is the closest thing you are going to get to practice in law school. The junior associate-senior associate/partner relationship found in practice can be a bit of an adjustment, and the ITC system mimics it very well. My clinic work definitely gave me a headstart on acclimating to the firm environment."—Jennifer Tanaka, '12

"ITC work created an ideal bridge from law school into transactional practice. Some of the most helpful aspects of my experience in the ITC were preparing for weekly status calls with [supervising attorneys] and clients, updating and redlining drafts of agreements, researching obscure corporate legal issues, and using creative analytical skills to handle client matters. It has been a pleasure to develop and build on those real world ITC skills in my daily work at my firm. The ITC projects and coursework with practicing attorneys provided context and familiarity to the types of deals I am working on now, giving me confidence to take on the challenge of major transactional projects." —Julia Papastrividis, '11


"The ITC was a major talking point in every one of my interviews and really helped me develop my understanding of—and ability to articulate matters relating to—transactional law. I think firms are really impressed by the type of experience that the student attorneys have there."—Ramzi Takla, '11



"...the ITC clinic work I did was perhaps the most useful thing I got out of law school. I was one of the only new associates who had actually seen complex agreements prior to work and it really helped me get established."—Naomita Yadav, '10


"[T]he real value of my experience in the ITC became apparent on my first day of work when I was confronted with documents similar to those I had spent hours studying and often drafting under ITC supervision. As a new lawyer, it is important to walk into the office on your first day feeling confident and ready to take on whatever they give you.  [The] ITC has made my adjustment into firm life much smoother." —Alyssa Worsham, '09



"In an increasingly globalized world, it is imperative that law students look beyond their own legal borders and develop familiarity with the complexity of cross-border disputes and transactions that involve different cultural and legal systems. This clinic offers a unique opportunity to experience real world cross-border transactions in the burgeoning field of microfinance taught by experienced practitioners. By offering this innovative clinic, the University of Michigan Law School has once more demonstrated that it is at the forefront of international legal education."—Carl A. Valenstein, '83, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, International Transactions Clinic, Michigan Law


"The International Transactions Clinic gives law students a practical context to appreciate the real issues of working on an international transaction—which can range from designing capital and financing structures to regulatory compliance—coupled with an appreciation for differing cultures. Having spent much of my career working in an international setting, I'm pleased to see that the clinic is training the next generation."—John Lummis, '82

"I think back to when I was student, having accepted a job with Skadden following my 2L summer there, my desire to do international transactions, and appreciating how truly enriching it would have been to take a clinic like this.  That's why I wanted to get involved [with the ITC]:  to speak to the students about the real-world challenges I've faced, as well as some real-world things that have happened beyond the transaction and how to deal with them."Bruce Tuchman, '89, President, AMC/Sundance Channel Global Networks

From 2010-2013, Rachel Deming served as Director of the International Transactions Clinic. Under her leadership, the ITC expanded its reach not only globally but also across the University of Michigan campus as she forged ITC collaborations with other academic disciplines. 



"The ITC is the only clinic at UMLS that gives students the opportunity to work on international transactions. In this globalized world, it is essential for law students and lawyers to understand the international ramifications of their advice. It was a pleasure to work with Michigan law students, watching them develop skills in working as part of a team and an understanding of their clients' business interests, in the context of the exciting world of global deals."—Professor Rachel E. Deming, '82, Barry Law School





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