About the Clinic

1/7/11 11:06:20 AM -- Boston, Massachusetts..Derrick Muwina, STH, surfs the web at the Mugar Library. Muwina is working towards a Doctorate in Social Ethics...Photo by Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography

Drawing from Boston University School of Law’s resources as well as partnerships with area law firms and legal organizations, the Startup Law Clinic aims to be a crucial partner in the process of translating student innovation into competitive entrepreneurial ventures poised for success.

The student advocates of the Startup Law Clinic provide strategic legal and business advice to startups, assisting student entrepreneurs in the BU and MIT communities with the corporate, transactional, and intellectual property issues that arise in the process of turning their ideas into operating businesses. Working under the guidance of licensed attorneys with years of experience in startup, intellectual property, and transactional matters, Clinic students manage each step of the client relationship, from the initial intake interview through the completion of the engagement.

How it Works

Currently registered MIT or BU students, and start-up or early stage businesses in which a currently registered MIT or BU student has an active management role, can apply for free legal assistance through the Clinic.  Eligible applicants are not guaranteed services even if they are eligible. Whether the clinic can accept any particular potential client depends on a number of factors, including not only client eligibility but also the clinic’s current workload, conflicts and other professional responsibility considerations, and our assessment of the fit between the legal services we provide and the needs of the potential client.

What We Do

We provide advice and counsel on a range of legal issues face by new ventures, including:

  • advice on intellectual property strategy
  • entity formation and initial founders’ equity allocation
  • Negotiation of licenses and other agreements with third parties
  • representation in connection with seed financing

We do not provide patent prosecution services, immigration advice or tax advice. In some cases, we may be able to assist with referrals to one or more private attorneys.  For more information, please review the types of services provided by the clinic.