The BLG Business Venture Clinic offers you the opportunity to get hands-on work in entrepreneurship and business law. You will be matched with start-up enterprises to work with over the course of the entire year. This is an opportunity for you to gain valuable experience doing a variety of legal work such as drafting agreements and contracts. During this program, you will be matched with a mentor lawyer who practices in the area and who will provide helpful feedback on your work. This helps you learn the ropes before you start practicing on your own.
You will also take a class in entrepreneurial law to support your hands-on learning. In this class, you will learn about issues that commonly arise in start-up companies, such as employment issues, trade secrets, dividing up founders' equity, intellectual property licensing, and board of director problems. In most cases, part of the class will be spent in a lecture and part will be spent on practical case study assignments. As the year progresses, increasing amounts of class time in the clinic are spent in discussions about problems students are encountering in their work for clients and class brainstorming about different approaches. One of the best things about this class is the camaraderie that develops as the students and professor work on problems together.
Students in the clinic will also work with several venture capital funds by conducting legal due diligence in connection with financing transactions.