Europe lags behind the United States in two seemingly unrelated categories: first, experiential legal education; and second, fostering and sustaining new entrepreneurial ventures. What is less well recognized is that these two concepts are interconnected, and the gap between the United States and Europe in each is narrowing quickly.

The United States has enjoyed a 40-year head start over Europe in experiential legal education, beginning with the social and economic justice clinics pioneered during the 1960s and 1970s to offer pro bono legal support for clients without the resources for private counsel.

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