The Startup Legal Garage is an innovative program in which law students provide legal work for early stage Tech and BioTech startups. The work is supervised for free by outside law firms, while the professors teach accompanying doctrinal and skills classes. The program has worked with dozens of supervising attorneys and law students, who provided legal work for startup companies. Startup Legal Garage companies have come through the program’s partnerships with numerous incubators including Y Combinator, Stanford Business School, QB3 (the incubator for UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz), Hackers/Founders, Women 2.0, and Black Founders.
The Startup Legal Garage has a particular focus on promoting women entrepreneurs, and has received one of the inaugural “Innovator Awards” from the American Lawyer publications, was honored by the Association of American Law Schools as one of its “Innovative & Other Outstanding Programs,” and has been featured in the American Bar Association Journal and other news outlets. Learn more about the Startup Legal Garage from its website.
What Type of Students Participate?
Admission to participate in the Startup Legal Garage is highly selective and limited; students are selected based on past academic performance, completed course work, and demonstrated interest in the space. The program lasts for one academic year. Those selected are enrolled in a seminar course; receive grades based on performance; receive academic credit for the fieldwork projects; and are overseen by a faculty member to provide doctrinal education. If you would like to apply for the program, please see our student information page.
What Type of Work is Involved?
Students work on corporate and intellectual property projects including entity formation, structuring and developing an intellectual property strategy, and handling basic contract and personnel issues.
Students discuss their ongoing projects in a sanitized form in the classroom, with all confidential information removed.