As a rising entrepreneur and inventor, I'm really happy that the pro bono services provided by the ELC are available to students who may not have the financial resources to pursue legal consultation.
— Tommy Pryor, UW Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering student, SignAloud

Information for Clients

The ELC generally works with clients in four main areas:

  • Technology Entrepreneurs
  • Small Business Owners
  • Social Entrepreneurs & Non-Profits
  • UW & ITHS Faculty Researchers

Client Timeline

  1. Apply: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Decisions made according to academic quarters
    • Fall: Late August
    • Winter: Middle of November
    • Spring: Middle of February
  2. Initial meeting: Meet with the team to discuss legal concerns
  3. Audit memorandum: Provide written legal advice
  4. Follow-up meeting: Some projects may require further legal assistance. If so, client must reply

Overview of Services Provided

The ELC is a transactional and counseling clinic, which means that we do not represent clients in litigation, arbitration, mediation or any other active dispute. Instead our services center on providing your business with a comprehensive "legal and business audit" that will help you identify issues before they become serious problems. We will provide you with a confidential report, generally at the end of the academic quarter in which you or your business became a client. This report will also give you guidance on how to proceed to remedy potential problems and/or establish systems to limit or prevent standard business formation and growth pitfalls. Our standard representation includes a commitment only to this audit process.

Upon mutual written agreement between you and ELC, we may extend our representation to assist you in basic entrepreneurship-focused legal service, such as:

  • Forming a corporation, limited liability company (LLC) or other legal business entity as appropriate
  • Filing simple intellectual property (IP) documents such as provisional patent applications, copyright registrations and trademark registration applications
  • Reviewing, negotiating and/or drafting contracts such as commercial leases and loans, vendor agreements, services agreements or employment agreements
  • Assisting in compliance with state and local business licenses and taxes
  • Drafting and execution of trademark and copyright registrations, provisional patent applications and licensing or assignment agreements
  • IP counseling regarding branding, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, freedom to operate, unfair competition, antitrust, publicity rights and privacy rights