New Ventures Clinic

New Ventures Clinic

Available to:  2nd or 3rd year students with 2-semester commitment.
Course: 4 credits, Fall through Spring
Placement: 3 to 6 credits, Fall through Spring

New Ventures Clinic Guidelines

Clinic forms for students

This clinic allows students to experience the legal and business analysis involved in launching a technology-based venture.  Clinical experience will be based on actual technologies and businesses.  Topics include invention disclosures, technology assessment, enforceability of confidentiality, material transfer agreements, intellectual property protection, market potential, competitor analysis, freedom to operate, capitalization, licenses and employment agreements.  The clinic will also provide opportunities to work collaboratively with inventors, MBA students, licensing managers, and venture capitalists.

Course: New Ventures (4 cr., graded, Year-long).  The class will present an overview of the legal process of and issues involved in the commercializing technologies and launching new ventures. Students will also share their intern experiences in order to maximize their learning from their work.  Grades will be based on students’ work product and/or recommendation of attorney-supervisor, class participation, and presentations at the end of each semester.

Placements:  (3 to 6 cr., P/F, Fall through Spring). There are many placements within the clinic, with each offering slightly different experiences. Several organizations who participate on a regular basis are:

  • Several placements are available with in-house counsel offices.  Recent placements include Jive Communications.
  • Technology & Venture Commercialization is the University entity that seeks intellectual property protection for University inventions and begins the process for their commercialization.  Responsibilities include contract drafting and negotiation, trademark and copyright registration, negotiation of intellectual property terms in sponsored research contracts and confidentiality agreements, development and revision of licensing contracts, and legal research and writing.
  • The Lassonde New Venture Development Center is a program of the College of Business in which students analyze and determine the commercialization potential of select University technologies.
  • The University Growth Fund (UGF) is a local private equity fund designed to give students real-world experience as they evaluate potential investment opportunities and play a key role in making investment decisions. Law students have the opportunity to assist with a wide range of legal due diligence tasks including, IP analysis, contract review, deal document review, management background checks, etc., in addition to learning to how to perform traditional business due diligence. Students requesting this placement should enroll in two or three clinical credits each semester.  Attendance at fund meetings on Friday mornings is required.

The student will earn a minimum of 3 credits (150 hours of work) and a maximum of 6 credits (300 hours) over the fall/spring semesters.  Note: Placements at the Lassonde New Venture Development Center and University Growth Fund will involve close work with MBA students, faculty and business leaders.   

Faculty: Professor Ken Chahine

Registration & Placement: To enroll in the class and clinic, students must complete the Clinical Program Application Form and submit the application with the required documents (résumé, transcript release, and statement of interest).  Interviews will be required for some placements.  Students applying for University Growth Fund will be asked to complete a business analysis project and present it to fund managers.

LAW 7788-001: New Ventures Class                        Fall – Spring: Fridays, 8:20 – 10:20 a.m.

LAW 7630-001: New Ventures Clinic                       Fall – Spring (3-6 credits)