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The School of Law • Business Law Clinic The story of Urban Tables

Losing a job can be devastating. It can also be freeing.

Autumn Williams turned her downsizing into an opportunity to pursue a life-long dream. The Business Law Clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law helped her manage the legal and logistical challenges of launching a successful new business.

“We are able to provide our services pro bono so clients can reinvest in their businesses.” — Mary Hanisch (LLM ’10), Co-Director, Business Law Clinic

99%

OF U.S. EMPLOYERS ARE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

543K

NEW BUSINESSES ARE STARTED EACH MONTH

9.9

MILLION WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES IN THE U.S.

1999

BUSINESS LAW CLINIC'S FOUNDING

8-10

CLIENTS ARE ASSIGNED TO EACH STUDENT PER TERM

150

CLIENTS SERVED EACH YEAR

By linking classroom learning to hands-on experience, our student clinicians are not just expanding their legal education and career prospects, they are serving Chicago-area communities in a variety of ways.

Eric Liu, 3L

“Working in the clinic has developed my communication skills with clients. I’ve learned the importance of listening attentively so that I can offer advice and recommendations that align with their goals and motivations for starting their own business”.

Emily Olivera, 3L

“I have been given a great deal of responsibility at the Business Law Clinic, which is difficult to find as a law student.  After two semesters as a student clinician, I already feel more confident about starting my legal career.”

Anthony Vander Kolk, 3L

“Moving from the abstract to aiding others in realizing their visions has been incredibly rewarding and only further solidifies my desire to practice law.”

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Community by definition means a feeling of fellowship with others—sharing goals, values, and interests. At Loyola University Chicago, our six in-house legal clinics are an extension of who we are, and how we can come together to serve the larger Chicago community. We encourage students to contribute to society while gaining practical hands-on experience.