Securities Arbitration Clinic Opens Students' Eyes

The National Law Journal 
May 15, 2015 


Joel H. Bernstein and Mark S. Arisohn lead Firm pro bono project where law students work on real-world law firm cases 

At the Brooklyn Law School Securities Arbitration Clinic, led by Firm partners Joel Bernstein and Mark Arisohn, students meet with clients, conduct research, and draft memos, stipulations and settlement agreements. 

According to one student, "I think the experience of working with clients and working in a professional law firm environment has been very valuable…The goal of law school is to develop skills you can apply to practice, and I think that's the main purpose here [the clinic]. It's about critical thinking and analyzing issues." 

Working directly with clients has been eye-opening, a third-year student said. "I've learned that every client is different. It's interesting that some clients require a lot more correspondence and have many more questions, whereas others really trust your advice and listen to what you have to say." 

For the Labaton Sucharow lawyers, the clinic lets them leverage their securities law expertise on behalf of pro bono clients while training the next generation. "This is probably the closest thing the students will have before they actually start practicing law and representing clients," Arisohn said. "Our goal is to treat them as if they were young associates handling law firm cases."