Commercial Law Clinic

During the summer, UMT Law offers Commercial Law Clinic (CLC) to its students pursuing LL.M. in Commercial Law. CLC allows the participants to have a thorough experience of commercial practice and, consequently, improve their applied skills in the process.

Students interested in learning about the practicalities of commercial transactions can take CLC, as an additional course, for no extra charge.

Application

Interested students apply to be admitted to CLC in April. They can obtain further details from Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad [Associate Professor and Founding Director, UMT School of Law and Policy].

License

All applicants must be licensed to practice law in Pakistan.

Selection

A selection committee, comprising of a permanent faculty member and a supervising lawyer, interviews the applicants in May. The committee selects a maximum of 03 students for each summer and its decision is final.

Duration

The total duration of CLC is 135 hours or 45 hours for three consecutive weeks.

Credits

A student is awarded 03 credits on successful completion of CLC. These credits are added to the credits earned in the LL.M. program and are mentioned on the transcript. For instance, LL.M. in Commercial Law is a 36-credit program. Students who successfully complete CLC graduate with 39 credits.

Skills

Participants gain hands-on knowledge about a number of matters like:

  • Antitrust;
  • Banking and finance;
  • Business formation;
  • Capital markets;
  • Commercial insolvency;
  • Commercial leasing;
  • Contract negotiation, preparation, and review;
  • Corporate governance;
  • Corporate restructuring;
  • Intellectual property;
  • Licensing;
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers;
  • Partnership and shareholder agreements;
  • Sale of goods;
  • Settlement of commercial disputes;
  • Transnational commercial law;
  • Taxation; etc

Students, as they are all licensed to practice law in Pakistan, are actually involved in drafting, structuring, and handling real transactions and assignments as lawyers. In other words, they are not mere interns.

It must be mentioned that UMT Law, contrary to U.S. law schools, assigns a broader scope to"commercial law". For example, in the U.S. the term "commercial law" does not include anti-trust, business formation, corporate governance, intellectual property, and taxation.

Supervision and Evaluation

Each student works under the supervision of a lawyer specializing in commercial law. A permanent faculty member stays closely in touch with the supervising lawyer and keeps a complete track of the student's performance. In this regard, the former holds regular weekly meetings with the supervising lawyer and the student.

The supervising lawyer alone evaluates the student and this evaluation is mentioned on the transcript.

Supervising Lawyers

All supervising lawyers are adjunct faculty members at UMT Law and are practitioners focusing on commercial transactions.

During summer, UMT Law offers Commercial Law Clinic (CLC) to its students pursuing LL.M. in Commercial Law. CLC allows the participants to have a thorough experience of commercial practice and, consequently, improve their applied skills in the process.

Students interested in learning about the practicalities of commercial transactions can take CLC, as an additional course, for no extra charge.

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