Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

We team law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors to provide critical early stage legal and business counseling to the following groups:

By providing such counseling, the ELC has become one of the cornerstones of the innovation ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) was founded in recognition that:

  1. Low or no cost legal services to entrepreneurs and non-profits that serve them might demonstrably assist in broad-based economic development;
  2. 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
  3. Emphasis on leveraging a region’s research institutions can be used as an engine for desirable high tech economic development.


Many schools and centers throughout the UW are affiliated with the ELC:

  • UW School of Law
  • Technology & Arts Group (LTA)
  • UW Center for Commercialization (UW tech transfer office)
  • UW Foster School of Business Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Institute for Translational Health Science (a Seattle based NIH-funded consortium of life sciences research organizations)

Thank you to our participating firms and individuals.

Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
Cooley Davis Wright Tremaine
Tolis Dimopoulos, Sophos Law
DLA Piper
Harold Federow
Focal PLLC
Fenwick & West
Graham & Dunn
K&L Gates
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Jolene Marshall, WhitePages, Inc.
Perkins Coie
Dave Williamson
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

Thank you to our past and present funders

The Coleman Foundation
Herbert B. Jones Foundation
UW Office of the Provost
Washington Law School Foundation

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