Students gain practical experience as Business Law Fellows

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The Oregon Law 1L Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for a small group of entering first-year law students to work with a faculty or program advisor who teaches, researches, or works in an area of law in which the student has an interest. As first-year law students take their first step into their legal career, the 1L Fellowship Program can help students learn about the practice of law, explore career possibilities, and build their professional network.  

The Oregon Law Business Law Program participates in the 1L Fellowship Program and offers fellowships in areas such as corporate governance, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, sports law, and tax. Faculty mentors introduce first-year students to colleagues and practitioners who work in the business law field, and they invite students to events, symposia, and presentations. Students might also work with their faculty advisor on a research project or to organize a speaker series, coordinate a panel, or develop content for a business-law-focused video short.  

"Interest in Oregon Law’s Business Law Program is growing," said Sarah Keiski, Assistant Dean of Admissions. "Nearly one quarter of the incoming class expressed Business/Corporate Law as their primary area of legal interest on their law school applications. The 1L Fellowship Program supports our recruitment of exceptional students who seek to become leaders in our community and the legal profession."

In August, the Business Law Program welcomed three first-year students who will serve as Business Law Fellows during the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Two of this year’s Fellows will work on projects related to entrepreneurship. One will work on projects related to employment law. With the generous support of Oregon Law alumni, each Business Law Fellow will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship this academic year.  

The Business Law Fellows program is an academic and experiential offering that can be a catalyst for students to make connections and launch a successful career in a business law field. Joseph Matteo, a current 1L Business Law Fellow said of his Fellowship experience, “I have enjoyed collaborating with my mentor to explore different aspects of business law, while connecting with professionals in the legal field.”  

By School of Law Communications