441.02 Start-Up Ventures Clinic
The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents entrepreneurs and 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 and entrepreneurs.
For the spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic year, we expect that the seminar component of the Clinic, as well as individual supervision meetings, will be taught in person. To the greatest extent possible, our work with clients and with each other, will be in person. However, given that our clients are located throughout North Carolina, and even in other states, we will continue to actively engage with them via Zoom and other electronic means.
- 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 or Start-Up Law are recommended but not required.
Students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to, or during, enrollment in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. Examples of ethics classes that meet the requirement include Ethics in Action: Large Firm Practice (LAW 231), 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 Pre-/Co- Requisite Information
Any ethics course (Law 231, Law 237, Law 238, Law 239, Law 317, or Law 539)
|Course Number||Course Credits||Evaluation Method||Instructor||Meeting Day/Times||Room|
Live-client representation and case management
|Bryan McGann, Thomas Williams||Tu 2:00-3:25 PM||4046|
Course Requirements - JD-LLM-LE
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