A year ago, I joined a group of friends and completed the Tough Mudder in Tahoe. A total of 12 miles, 20+ obstacles and mud. Much like law school I enjoyed the process, it was difficult and was worth it for the “experience”; however, I think I would prefer doing the tough mudder again over going to law school again.

One of the major factors impacting the legal industry is the need for law students to come out of law school with E.X.P.E.R.I.E.N.C.E. (typing that I imagine you singing out loud to the tune of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. so go back and re-read/sing that line if you didn’t) In the last post I discussed how my “stupid” idea to sell t-shirts lead me down the path to creating scholarships, yet without having sold more than a handful to my friends I realized the number of shirts I would need to sell to have a significant impact and started to think again, how else can Legal Potential add value to the community and to law students, another light bulb went off and realized that if we establish clinics that would help students gain experience while still in school.

Of course most law schools have clinics but there is a sufficient gap in the ratio of clinics to law students and there are only a few focused on Intellectual Property, Employment, Contracts/Licensing. So while I was taking an entrepreneurial management class I realized that the start-up community could benefit from such a clinic for basic training and advice that could fit in clinic type setting.

Students would benefit by gaining valuable experience assisting fledgling companies ,developing connections that would transfer well to working at a firm, and bringing established relationships and potential new business to the firms they are hired on at upon graduating.

The other aspect of the clinics would be career advice and development opportunities for law students seeking alternative career options, or just seeking alternative venues to explore career paths.

So beyond t-shirts and scholarships, Legal Potential will establish clinics to provide Experience to law students, while adding value to the local community.

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Scholarships, Experience, Innovation

The goal of  Legal potential is to provide scholarships to law students, experience through high-tech clinics, and development of technology to better the legal community.

Right now Legal Potential is in Phase 1 Creating scholarships through the sale of t-shirts;  Phase 2 will include the development of high-tech legal clinics that will provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain hands on experience while providing support to their local communities and the last phase will be the development of technology to better serve the legal community.

LP Cycle of progressAll profits will flow back to scholarships for law students because we believe  that if students have less debt they are more likely to practice in an area of law of interest rather than just for a paycheck let alone try to stay afloat with loan repayments.

The ultimate goal of Legal Potential is to be a positive influence in the legal community without begging for help and assistance but adding value and helping law students begin their legal careers with less debt and more opportunities because advanced technologies.
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