Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University School of Law have established two clinics to offer free legal guidance to student innovators and entrepreneurs.
Through this unique collaboration, student innovators are connected with future lawyers from BU Law to address legal issues associated with their efforts to turn ideas into businesses and to pursue innovative projects.
All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any school or academic department at MIT are eligible for free legal advice through the two clinics:
- Startup Law Clinic: Assists MIT student entrepreneurs with the full spectrum of legal issues they encounter when forming and launching startups. The clinic represents clients with respect to entity selection and formation, founders equity allocation and vesting, intellectual property counseling, licensing and strategic partnership relationships, financing transactions, and other strategic business issues.
- Technology Law Clinic: Advises MIT students on questions about how the law impacts their innovative and academic projects, and helps respond when projects are legally threatened by others. The clinic works on issues including intellectual property disputes, regulatory compliance, data privacy, computer crimes, communications surveillance, media law, and access to government records.
- Both clinics offer office hours on the MIT campus on Fridays. MIT students can sign up for office hours and learn more about the clinics by visiting their websites, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.