Cornell Law School: 

Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic

Cornell Law School’s new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic will provide free legal services to Ithaca-area entrepreneurs and start-ups who are not yet ready or able to engage paid legal counsel. Students will represent a diverse of clients who are confronting a variety of business challenges specific to start-up and early-stage ventures. The goal of the clinic is to support economic development in the Ithaca area through fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

University of Michigan

Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program

From the clinics website: The first of its kind in the United States, the Entrepreneurship Clinic plays a central role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Michigan and beyond. Since its inception in 2012, the clinic has provided no-cost legal services to a significant number of student-led and other startups. We offer an array of services and resources including direct legal representation, office hours, workshops, and blog posts with current information about entrepreneurial legal issues. We also host the Ann Arbor New Tech meetup. The direct legal services we offer includes entity formation, intellectual property protection, advice on worker classification issues, financing and deal-making. These services help innovators launch and grow their businesses. The clinic also provides law students with the real-life experience needed to help early-stage companies after they graduate from law school.

University of Washington

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

From the website : “The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The ELC teams law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors. Together they provide critical early stage legal and business counseling to technology entrepreneurs, small business owners, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits and University of Washington and Institute for Translational Health Sciences faculty researchers. By providing such counseling, the ELC has become one of the cornerstones of the innovation ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. The ELC also partners with CoMotion, Life Science Washington and various community organizations to give presentations on various topics of interest to startups that are open to the public.”

Yale University

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic

From the website: The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Clinic works closely with the entrepreneurial communities at Yale University, in greater New Haven and beyond. Clients of the clinic range from student- and faculty-led entrepreneurial ventures at Yale from all institutes, programs, centers, and schools, to for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs and their ventures that are part of the greater New Haven innovation ecosystem. Clients also include innovative start-ups and emerging growth companies from other entrepreneurial places on the East Coast and from around the globe.

Clinic students provide legal counsel to for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurs and their ventures on the various transactional issues that arise from starting, managing, and growing their businesses as they establish and grow their ventures. The clinic also introduces students to the role of business, financial, human capital, and other non-legal factors in advising entrepreneurs and their ventures.

The clinic exposes students to different transactional matters and related legal issues for a variety of start-ups and emerging growth companies, including pre-venture counseling and founder agreements; entity selection counseling; entity formation and organizational document drafting; intellectual property protection and licensing; independent contractor and employment agreements and accompanying equity compensation plans; supplier, vendor, and customer agreements and other commercial contracts; joint venture and collaboration agreements; and start-up financings, such as friends and family, seed and Series A venture investment term sheets and documentation.