Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
Promoting Economic Development by Facilitating Entrepreneurship
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. We team law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors to provide critical early stage legal and business counseling.
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) was founded in recognition that:
- Low or no cost legal services to entrepreneurs and non-profits that serve them might demonstrably assist in broad-based economic development;
- Low or no cost legal services may be required to fulfill society’s, and the legal profession’s, obligation to provide meaningful access to justice across a broad spectrum of needs; and
- Emphasis on leveraging a region’s research institutions can be used as an engine for desirable high tech economic development.
The ELC is based on a pioneering model developed by Professor Sean O’Connor that
is a hybrid of a traditional law clinic and an externship. This model allows
more clients and students to interact in the ELC than in a traditional clinic.
It also taps the strong entrepreneurship-focused legal practitioner community in
the Seattle area to deliver experienced, high quality legal services and
mentorship to the ELC clients and students. The ELC models after the structure
and services of technology and entrepreneurship focused law firms by providing
access to lawyers and students specializing in critical fields such as
intellectual property (IP), corporate and securities law, and tax.
By providing such counseling, the ELC has become one of the cornerstones of the innovation ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2012-2013, the ELC served 37 ventures, including ten microenterprises,
six technology ventures and 12 nonprofit or social entrepreneurship projects. We
provide critical early stage legal and business counseling to the following
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic in the News
Libby Ludlow '13 Takes Second Place in UW Business Plan Competition
Libby Ludlow's social purpose corporation, Z Girls, won the $13,220 second place prize and the $2,500 "Best Idea" prize for service/retail in this year's UW Business Plan Competition.
deafReview, founded by former ELC client, gives a voice to deaf consumers - Seattle Times
Frustrated with poor customer service, a Seattle woman who is deaf founded deafReview, a Yelp-like review site for deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing individuals to rate businesses.
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic student Chris Sheppard ’12 brings farming to the rooftop
Chris Sheppard ’12 and UW MBA Chris Bajuk ’12 won the $25,000 grand prize at UW’s Annual Business Plan Competition last month. Their startup company, UrbanHarvest, promises healthy, tasty and environmentally sustainable produce grown on rooftops.