441 Start-Up Ventures Clinic

The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. 

The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.

IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues.

Important:

    • In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School and meet the Ethics Requirement. See Clinics Enrollment Policy
    • This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.
    • Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.
    • International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.
  • Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Ethics Requirement

Students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to, or during, enrollment in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. The following ethics classes meet the requirement:  Ethics of Social Justice Lawyering (LAW 237), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering (LAW 238), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering in Civil Litigation (LAW 239),  Criminal Justice Ethics (LAW 317) and Ethics in Action (LAW 539).

Enrollment Prerequisite
Any ethics course (Law 237, Law 238, Law 239, Law 317, or Law 539)
Course Frequency*
Course Areas of Practice

Sections

Spring 2017
2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.02 4
  • Group project
  • Practical exercises
  • Live-client representation and case management
  • Class participation
Darrell Fruth, Bryan McGann Tu 1:45-3:05 PM 4172

The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. 

The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.

IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues.

Important:

    • In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School and meet the Ethics Requirement. See Clinics Enrollment Policy
    • This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.
    • Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.
    • International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.
  • Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Ethics Requirement

Students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to, or during, enrollment in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. The following ethics classes meet the requirement:  Ethics of Social Justice Lawyering (LAW 237), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering (LAW 238), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering in Civil Litigation (LAW 239),  Criminal Justice Ethics (LAW 317) and Ethics in Action (LAW 539).

Pre/Co-requisites

Any ethics course (Law 237, Law 238, Law 239, Law 317, or Law 539)

Enrollment Restrictions
LLM (international) by permission
2016
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4
  • Group project
  • Practical exercises
  • Live-client representation and case management
  • Class participation
Jeff Ward, Darrell Fruth Th 1:45-3:06 PM 4172

The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. 

The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.

IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues.

Important:

    • In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School and meet the Ethics Requirement. See Clinics Enrollment Policy
    • This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.
    • Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.
    • International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.
  • Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Ethics Requirement

Students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to, or during, enrollment in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. The following ethics classes meet the requirement:  Ethics of Social Justice Lawyering (LAW 237), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering (LAW 238), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering in Civil Litigation (LAW 239),  Criminal Justice Ethics (LAW 317) and Ethics in Action (LAW 539).

Pre/Co-requisites

Any ethics course (Law 237, Law 238, Law 239, Law 317, or Law 539)

Enrollment Restrictions
LLM (international) by permission
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.02 4 Jeff Ward, Darrell Fruth Th 1:45-3:05 PM 4172

The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. 

The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.

IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues.

Important:

    • In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School and meet the Ethics Requirement. See Clinics Enrollment Policy
    • This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.
    • Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.
    • International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.
  • Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Ethics Requirement

Students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to, or during, enrollment in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. The following ethics classes meet the requirement:  Ethics of Social Justice Lawyering (LAW 237), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering (LAW 238), Ethics and the Law of Lawyering in Civil Litigation (LAW 239),  Criminal Justice Ethics (LAW 317) and Ethics in Action (LAW 539).

Pre/Co-requisites

Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required

Enrollment Restrictions
None
2015
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4 Jeff Ward Th 1:45-3:05 PM Room 4044
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues.IMPORTANT:In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment PolicyThis course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4 Jeff Ward Th 1:45-3:05 pm Room 3171
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases.  The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses. IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues. IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment Policy This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting. Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course. International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2014
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4 Jeff Ward Th 1:45-3:05 pm Room 3171
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.IMPORTANT:In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment PolicyThis course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4 Jeff Ward Th 1:30-2:51 pm Th 1:30-2:51 pm Room 4044
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases.  The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses. IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues. IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment Policy This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting. Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course. International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2013
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4 Jeff Ward Th 1:30-2:51 pm Room 4046
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.IMPORTANT:In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment PolicyThis course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2013
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.02 4 W.H. "Kip" Johnson III Tu 4:00-6:00 pm Room 4040

The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.IMPORTANT:In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment PolicyThis course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic.Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2012
Fall 2012
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4 W.H. "Kip" Johnson III W 4:15-6:15 pm W 4:15-6:15 pm Room 3171
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases.  The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses. IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues. IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment Policy This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting. Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course. International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2012
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

441.01 4 Andrew Foster
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases.  The course incorporates client representation with a seminar and individualized supervision to provide students with a range of opportunities to put legal theory into practice and to develop core legal skills such as interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and drafting. Students in this course will, among other things, have the chance to deepen their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law more generally while at the same time developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses. IP Focus: Some enrolled students will have the option of focusing on matters that involve significant intellectual property issues. IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible to enroll in the Clinic, you must have successfully completed at least three semesters of Law School, received instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility (i.e., fulfilled the ethics prerequisite). Clinics Enrollment Policy This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting. Students MUST be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course. International LLM students who wish to enroll in a clinic must seek the permission of the instructor prior to the enrollment period. Permission is required to enroll but permission does not constitute entry into the clinic. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required.

Pre/Co-requisites
None. Business Associations and Advising the Entrepreneurial Client are recommended but not required
Enrollment Restrictions
None

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.