Advise inventors & entrepreneurs on legal issues.

A unique collaboration between BU Law and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology brings MIT and BU student entrepreneurs and innovators together with future lawyers from BU to address the legal and regulatory compliance issues associated with their academic and extracurricular pursuits and their efforts to turn ideas into businesses. The Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program consists of two clinics that provide students of both institutions with opportunities to work together on business, intellectual property, and legal compliance issues:

Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic

Under direct faculty supervision you will:

  • Interview potential clients
  • Draft organizational documents, partnership or shareholder agreements, employment, and other contracts
  • Work on other matters typically encountered by entrepreneurs in a start-up or early-state business such as employment and tax issues, business formation and choice of entity issues, and capital structure and financing
  • Undertake IP issues such as patentability analysis and advice, licensing agreements, trademark searches and applications, copyright registrations, clearances, and fair use opinions

Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

In this clinic, you will advise students on laws and regulations that may affect their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities in areas that may include cyber crime, privacy issues, data security, and intellectual property.

Both clinics are great for students interested in early-stage IP-focused businesses, or a corporate or intellectual property practice generally. The clinics provide the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of these areas and build important practice skills through the representation of clients.