Information for Clients

The ELC generally works with clients in four main areas:

Client Application Forms

There are no fees for the ELC’s services, but clients are responsible for out-of-pocket expenses such as incorporation, patent, copyright, or trademark registration/filing fees.

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  1. APPLY: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  2. INITIAL MEETING
  3. AUDIT MEMORANDUM
  4. FOLLOW-UP MEETING

Client Eligibilitly

To qualify for assistance, you must:

  • have a business plan (or be willing to create one,) and
  • be unable to afford the legal services that you need.

To determine your income eligibility, we will consider your personal income and expenses, as well as the income, expenses, and nature of the proposed or existing business for which you are seeking services.  Note that eligibility of non-profit ventures and UW or ITHS technology spin-off projects are assessed by different criteria.

Roughly, personal income guidelines are as follows:

Number of persons in family: Income must be at or below:
1
$21,660
2
$29,140
3
$36,620
4
$44,100
5
$51,580
6
$59,060
7
$66,540
8
$74,020

For more detail on how we apply these guidelines to different kinds of entrepreneurial ventures, please follow the links above.  You may also contact us at

Z Girls As a business owner, moving forward aggressively but mindfully is really important so knowing all of the potential risks and then knowing all of the legal steps helps us to be more strategic about what we do and how we decide to do it.

- Libby Ludlow, Founder at Z-girls

What the ELC does is amazing. Lawyers and law students volunteer their valuable time to give you fantastic legal guidance for FREE! Besides giving us guidance to help found Impel, the folks at the ELC gave me a crash course in intellectual property law which has been critical in advancing almost every aspect of our business.

– John Hoekman, Ph.D. Founder and CSO, Impel NeuroPharma

FAt CAt Fudge The students and lawyers asked me questions about every possible aspect of my business. They helped point me in the right direction. I’ve been thrilled to work with the clinic. They helped teach me how to ‘talk the talk’ in wholesale, and its really paid off.

– Kristine Wraspir, Owner, Fat Cat Fudge

This new public safety camera program in the Chinatown-International District was truly a community collaboration and required help from all of our partners. The UW Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provided critical support in our planning for the functioning of this system—which is now operational and giving our small businesses a renewed sense of safety.

-Don Blakeney, Executive Director, Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area

Last updated 2/7/2014