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Michigan State Law Competition Challenges Students to Reinvent the Delivery of Legal Services

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law’s new ReInvent Law Laboratory is holding an innovative event to encourage students to help bridge the justice gap in the American legal system. The ReInvent Law Start-Up Competition challenges student entrepreneurs to explore new business plans and create better delivery models that match appropriately qualified lawyers with the clients who need them.

“One of the main goals of our new ReInvent Law Laboratory is to cultivate learners who will invent the future of law practice,” said Renee Newman Knake, associate professor of law and co-director of MSU Law’s ReInvent Law Laboratory. “This start-up competition will encourage our law students to use creative approaches in their future practice, and to create new legal service delivery models through research and experimentation.”

To compete, students must submit a 150- to 300-word description of their business models to Sam Rysdyk at by February 15, 2013. Preliminary selections will be made the week of February 18. Finalists each will have six minutes to pitch their ideas at the inaugural competition, which will be held in MSU Law’s Castle Board Room from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 25. Winners will receive up to $2,500 in seed money to develop and launch their ideas.

The ReInvent Law Start-Up Competition is sponsored by MSU Law, the ReInvent Law Laboratory, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and MSU Federal Credit Union.

“We take great pride in our association with Michigan State University and its world-class academic programs, never ceasing to be amazed by the work created by the university’s students and faculty,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are certain the student pitches submitted for the ReInvent Law Start-Up Competition will be no exception, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute toward this project.”

Michigan State University College of Law—a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys—prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. Its ReInvent Law Laboratory strives to cultivate a community of innovation and entrepreneurship in the delivery of legal services.


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648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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