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
May 18, 2015
Source: Fox News
Countless small-business owners have had their ideas, designs and products stolen and copied. What legal recourse do these small-business owners have at their disposal? If someone has stolen your design or product, here are three ways to fight back.
Jun 04, 2014
Projected Talent, a client of the University of Washington School of Law's Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), won the $25,000 grand prize at the UW Business Plan Competition last week.
Aug 23, 2013
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.
May 28, 2013
Source: 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.
Aug 07, 2012
The University of Washington School of Law, through the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), has been selected to join the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program, starting this fall.
Jun 15, 2012
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.