Work on business, IP law, and compliance issues.

Student entrepreneurs and innovators from MIT and BU are advised by BU Law students on the legal and regulatory compliance issues associated with their academic and extracurricular pursuits and their efforts to turn ideas into businesses. The program consists of two clinics:

Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic

In this clinic, students advise student entrepreneurs from MIT and BU who are seeking to establish or develop real IP-intensive businesses. Under direct faculty supervision, students interview potential clients, draft organizational documents, partnership or shareholder agreements, employment and other contracts, work on a variety of matters typically encountered by entrepreneurs in an early-stage business regarding issues such as employment, tax, business formation and choice of entity issues, and capital structure and financing, and undertake IP issues such as patentability analysis and advice, licensing agreements, trademark searches and applications, copyright registrations, clearances, and fair use opinions.

This clinic is a full-year program where students earn 6 credits per semester. Preference is given to 3Ls for acceptance into the clinic.

6 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic. The Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic if a full-year clinic that provides students the opportunity to perform work for real clients on a variety of matters typically encountered by entrepreneurs in launching new business ventures, such as choice of entity, capital structure, equity allocation and compensation, intellectual property ownership and licensing, financing and employment arrangements. Students will also learn, through their first-hand client work, the ethical rules of professional responsibility regarding entity representation, including identification of the client, identifying potential conflicts of interest, and advising clients and associated persons as to the nature and implications of the attorney-client relationship. In addition to their fieldwork, students attend a weekly seminar that develops concepts and skills to support their fieldwork. The seminar features substantive lectures, student-led discussions and guest speakers, and students present and discuss their ongoing client matters. The clinic meets for two semesters, with more advanced seminar topics and increased responsibility for cases occurring in the spring semester. PRE/CO-REQUISITE: Corporations. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Contract Drafting and some intellectual property coursework (the IP survey course and/or other subject-matter-specific courses). NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 724 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Gerard P. O’ConnorSamuel Taylor LAW 702
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 724 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Gerard P. O’ConnorSamuel Taylor

For more information, please contact Director Jerry O’Connor.

http://sites.bu.edu/elawclinic/

Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

In this clinic, BU Law students advise MIT students on laws and regulations that may affect their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities. These areas may include cyber crime, privacy issues, data security, and intellectual property. Students may also provide limited litigation and dispute resolution-related assistance in these areas. This clinic is a full-year program.

4 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Technology and Cyberlaw Clinic. The Clinic provides counseling and guidance to assist MIT and BU students with laws and regulations that relate to their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities. The clinic provides counseling in areas of technology law including data privacy and security, intellectual property, computer crimes, regulatory compliance, and public records laws. Representation of clients can include client counseling, negotiation with third parties, and, if capacity allows, litigation and other dispute resolution. The fieldwork may also include presentations to MIT and BU students and faculty about areas of law that are implicated in independent research and innovation. PRE/CO-REQUISITE: a course in one of the following three areas: (1) intellectual property (either an IP survey course or other core IP course such as patent, copyright, or trademark); (2) privacy (including information privacy seminar); or (3) cybersecurity. NOTE: The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 725 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 4 Andrew Sellars
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 725 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 4 Andrew Sellars

2 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Technology and Cyberlaw Clinic. This is the fall classroom component to the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic. The seminar introduces students to the lawyering skills (including interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, etc.) that will help them in counseling client innovators. From a substantive legal perspective, the course will likely involve an in-depth study of statutes, case law, and scholarly articles addressing law and technology issues, including advanced topics in intellectual property, computer crimes, and data privacy. NOTE: The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 866 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Andrew Sellars LAW 518

2 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Technology and Cyberlaw Clinic. This is the spring classroom component to the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic. The seminar expands upon the lawyering skills and substantive legal discussions from the first semester, and will focus on questions of national policy as they relate to technology, including national control over technical information, academic privacy and freedom, and emerging cybersecurity regulation. NOTE: The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 869 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Andrew Sellars

For more information, please contact Director Andy Sellars.

http://sites.bu.edu/tclc/