Adam Blaylock, a 2013 Wayne State University Law School alumnus working at Tomkiw Mackewich PLC helping business owners, credits his hands-on clinical experience during law school with helping him get the job.
His experience as a student-attorney in Wayne Law’s Business and Community Law Clinic gave him the kind of hands-on training that employers look for when they’re hiring, he said.
“My work with Wayne Law’s business clinic helped tremendously,” Blaylock said. “The clinic offered me an opportunity to obtain real experience with real clients and real legal issues. Law school prepares someone to think like a lawyer and know the law, but the clinic provided practical context that is invaluable in the workplace. That practical context provided me a leg up in interviews. I am confident that without my experience in the clinic, I wouldn’t be working where I am now.”
The Business and Community Law Clinic, under the umbrella of Wayne Law’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law, prepares students for real-world practice. Working under the direction of experienced attorneys, the students serve as lawyers to for-profit and nonprofit clients, acting as counselors, advising on both business and legal matters. In addition to direct client representation, clinic students also engage in research and other activities that support entrepreneurism in Detroit.