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Entrepreneurship Law Clinic

Cornell Law School’s new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic will provide free legal services to Ithaca-area entrepreneurs and start-ups who are not yet ready or able to engage paid legal counsel. Students will represent a diverse of clients who are confronting a variety of business challenges specific to start-up and early-stage ventures. The goal of the clinic is to support economic development in the Ithaca area through fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

Coursework to accompany and support the client engagements will cover topics including:

  • Entity selection and formation
  • Founders’ agreements and initial business structuring
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Commercial contracts
  • Hiring and employment matters
  • Other general corporate & transactional matters

In addition to the substantive law covered in the course, students in the clinic will develop key professional skills essential to being a successful transactional lawyer, including:

  • Problem-solving with a business-oriented mindset
  • Client communication and responsiveness
  • Negotiation
  • Practice-oriented legal writing


Students who have taken Entrepreneurship Clinic 1 will have the opportunity to apply to continue their client work at an advanced level in subsequent semesters.