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This article looks back at the Clinic's first year and explores lessons learned in putting the theory behind the Clinic's model into practice. Launching the Clinic required a leap of faith. Was there in fact a client demand for its services? Was there sufficient interest from law students in the intersection of transactional law and food systems? Was the scope of legal matters too broad? Was the client focus too narrow? The early returns from the first year have given us valuable insights and experience from which to draw. First, this article discusses the unmet legal need the Clinic seeks to address and the choices that went into the Clinic's approach to client selection. Second, it discusses student interest in food law practice and describes the Clinic's pedagogical approach. Third, it assesses the value of direct transactional legal services for food and beverage businesses as an organizing principle for a law school clinic and a legal practice.