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The Role and Impact of Clinical Programs on Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth


Patricia Hureston Lee


Saint Louis University School of Law; West Virginia University College of Law

August 26, 2011


Abstract:     
As the U.S. economy evolves from giant corporate domestic job creators, to one where innovative small and microenterprises contribute to economic growth and create a majority of U.S. jobs, the role and impact of law clinical programs supporting these enterprises will continue to grow. This chapter specifically focuses on the current and evolving role of law clinical programs in the United States of America and their impact on entrepreneurship and economic growth. We review clinical law programs as they have evolved from the traditional programs of the early 1900s to community economic development programs of the 1980s to the current variety of entrepreneurship and transactional programs that directly impact entrepreneurship and economic growth.

For purposes of this chapter, we include entrepreneurship/transactional law clinical programs – i.e. entrepreneurship, small business, transactional, community economic development, intellectual property law, housing and tax (transactional). We provide insights from the current empirical data retrieved from law school websites, brochures, newsletters, list-serves and personal contacts for the period ending June 2011.

The information details the level of law school capacity, numbers of programs, state geographic distribution, and the states with the greatest number of clinical law programs that serve entrepreneurs, small business and nonprofits, as well as their potential for expansion.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: entrepreneurship, economic growth, clinical programs, transactional entrepreneurial law clinical programs, legal services, historical foundation

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Date posted: May 30, 2011 ; Last revised: April 24, 2012

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Lee, Patricia Hureston, The Role and Impact of Clinical Programs on Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth (August 26, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1853923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1853923

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Patricia Hureston Lee (Contact Author)
Saint Louis University School of Law ( email )
100 N. Tucker Blvd.
Suite 704
Saint Louis, MO 63101-1930
United States

West Virginia University College of Law ( email )
Morgantown, WV
United States
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