The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (L & E Clinic) provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys. We have three primary goals:
– Provide high quality legal services to entrepreneurs and startup companies
– Train law students in the practical aspects of transactional law while providing a challenging academic experience
– Impact the economy by helping Wisconsin businesses launch and grow
We also strive to connect entrepreneurs with other resources in the entrepreneurial ecosystem who can help them launch. This might include everything from prototyping resources to business planning, office space, mentoring, seed funding and more.
How We Do It
Entrepreneurs apply for services via our web portal and are invited to attend our monthly intake session where the clinic evaluates whether the entrepreneur’s needs fit within the clinic’s capabilities. Once accepted, the entrepreneur meets with a law student and their supervising attorney to create an engagement letter and initiate legal services. All legal work is performed by the law students and supervised by licensed attorneys.
Our Clinic is run as much like a law firm as feasible. Students are responsible for client and file management; they track and bill their time; they are responsible for directing their own research; they have firm, team, and practice area meetings; and, they have marketing and networking requirements; all with the guidance of Supervising Attorneys (Managing Partners in our analogy). Students are encouraged to share their knowledge and seek assistance within the Clinic, but also from our Advisory Committee of respected attorneys in the Wisconsin legal community. We have a number of practice areas that students can participate in to seek more specific guidance and direction:
- Tax and Corporate Law
- Trademark Law
- Patent Law (Design and Utility)
- Intellectual Property Licensing
- Employment Law
- Internet Policies
- Food and Beverage and other Regulatory