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 businesses. Students provide strategic legal and business advice to startups, assisting student entrepreneurs in the BU and MIT communities with the corporate, transactional, and intellectual property issues that arise in the process of turning their ideas into operating businesses.  Working under the guidance of the clinic directors, students manage each step of the client relationship, from the initial intake interview through the completion of the engagement.

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 is 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 counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2018: LAW JD 724 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Jim WheatonSamuel Taylor
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 724 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Jim WheatonSamuel Taylor

For more information, please contact the Director, Jim Wheaton.

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

Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

In this clinic, BU Law students work with MIT and BU students to advise and defend their innovative technology projects, ventures, and academic activities. This includes work in the areas of intellectual property, data security, cybersecurity, and technology regulatory compliance. Students are involved in all aspects of the clinic’s work, including counseling, negotiation and response to legal threats, and occasional litigation matters. 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 counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2018: LAW JD 725 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 6th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 4 Andrew Sellars
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 725 A1 , Jan 15th to Apr 24th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
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 counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2018: LAW JD 866 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 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 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 counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2019: LAW JD 869 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Andrew Sellars

For more information, please contact Director Andy Sellars.

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