Samuel L. Taylor

Clinical Instructor

Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic

BA, University of Pennsylvania
JD, Boston University School of Law

Areas of Interest
Intellectual Property

Samuel Taylor (’12) joined Boston University School of Law as clinical instructor and assistant director of the Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic in 2017. He works with the clinic director to oversee and instruct students in the clinic and expand the clinic’s reach in the BU and MIT communities.

Taylor, who is a graduate of BU Law, spent five years as an IP attorney in Boston, first at WGBH, then at Holland & Knight LLP and Gunderson Dettmer LLP. He represented clients in software, technology, biotech, government, entertainment, and real estate, working on IP licensing matters, business agreements, early and late stage investments, mergers and acquisitions, and trademark and copyright applications and enforcement.

While he was a student at BU Law, he created Promoter, an online business model that rewards fans for promoting music. His project was one of three finalists in the 2012 Rethink Music Genesis Project competition to create innovative business models for the music industry. Taylor also served as a legal intern at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and at the Law Offices of Vinca Jarrett and Associates, where he negotiated and drafted contracts for clients in the film and music industries.


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 2017: LAW JD 724 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 O'ConnorSamuel Taylor LAW
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 724 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Christina R. SchaperSamuel Taylor LAW
FALL 2018: LAW JD 724 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 4th 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 15th to Apr 23rd 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 6 Jim WheatonSamuel Taylor
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