Counseling the Start-up Entrepreneur (S)


In today's economy new venture attorneys must provide entrepreneurs with timely and appropriate legal advice in an increasingly fast-paced, complicated and competitive environment. In this course, students will learn how to blend practical and theoretical approaches in meeting the needs of the start-up venture. We will examine how to effectively advise clients, who are typically highly committed to their idea, product, innovation or service. We will learn to work with the entrepreneur to identify priorities and develop translatable legal solutions relating to: entity selection; business planning; managerial control; capital development; use of media; property rights and patent concerns; contract negotiations; employment and tax issues; and the examination of potential growth and exit strategies. Through a combination of lectures, readings, case studies, and legal exercises we will examine successful (and some not so successful) examples of critical stage legal decision-making. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.