Currently registered MIT or BU students, and startup 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.
BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic
Startup Counsel for Campus-Based Entrepreneurs
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During the fall 2021 semester, the clinic is conducting meetings for prospective MIT clients at the Martin Trust Center, Stratton Student Center, and InnovationHQ. In addition, the clinic is conducting several intake meetings via zoom for prospective BU and MIT clients each week. If you wish to meet with the clinic, please use the links and form on this site.
Boston University School of Law’s Startup Law Clinic is a unique collaboration between BU and MIT through which BU Law students, led by experienced business attorneys, provide legal counsel to campus-based entrepreneurs on a wide range of legal issues faced by early-stage business ventures.
Students who are currently registered at BU or MIT, and business entities in which a currently registered BU or MIT student has an active management role, may be eligible for free legal assistance through the Clinic.
The Startup Law Clinic is part of the BU/MIT Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program, a collaboration between Boston University School of Law and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our companion clinic, the Technology Law Clinic, advises BU and MIT students on laws and regulations that may affect their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities. If you are unsure which clinic is most appropriate for your needs, please submit an intake questionnaire for the Startup Law Clinic; we’ll refer you to the Technology Law Clinic if necessary.
BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic
Legal Services for Student Research and Creation
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The BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic is a pro bono service for students at MIT and BU who seek legal assistance with their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities. Boston University School of Law students, under attorney supervision, provide counseling and representation to students with their academic- and innovation-related projects, activities, experiments, and ventures.
The TLC is part of the BU/MIT Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program, a collaboration between Boston University School of Law and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Along with its companion clinic — the Startup Law Clinic, which provides legal advice to startups coming out of MIT and BU — BU Law students are given an opportunity to work on cutting-edge issues of technology law, while students at both universities can obtain legal guidance and assistance with their research. The clinic is also a member of the Free Expression Legal Network.
Currently-enrolled MIT and BU students who would like to speak with the clinic can fill out an intake questionnaire. Don’t be afraid to reach out! Sometimes your innovations need a little TLC.