Laura Norris wrote an article for the Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University titled Don’t Kill the Deal: Retrain(ing) the Legal Brain, where she discusses an exercise she developed in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic (ELC).

“I have often heard from former students practicing as Silicon Valley lawyers who tell me that the Don’t Kill the Deal exercise was the most impactful assignment of the ELC, and perhaps their law school careers. They find themselves drawing upon the entrepreneurial mindset often, finding creative solutions to help their innovative clients achieve business goals while lessening legal risks.


Laura Norris

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Clinical Professor; Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute; Director, Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic; Director, Tech Edge J.D. Program; Faculty Advisor, ChIPs Women in Tech Law at SCU