University of Wisconsin Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

The UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic provides free legal services for startups throughout the state of Wisconsin. Services include company formation, trademarks/patents/copyrights, contracts, and website terms and privacy policies.

About

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (L & E Clinic) provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys. 

We have three primary goals:

  • Provide high quality legal services to entrepreneurs and startup companies

  • Train law students in the practical aspects of transactional law while providing a challenging academic experience

  • Impact the economy by helping Wisconsin businesses launch and grow

We also strive to connect entrepreneurs with other resources in the entrepreneurial ecosystem who can help them launch.  This might include everything from prototyping resources to business planning, office space, mentoring, seed funding and more.

Entrepreneurs apply for services via our web portal and are invited to attend our monthly intake session where the clinic evaluates whether the entrepreneur’s needs fit within the clinic’s capabilities.  Once accepted, the entrepreneur meets with a law student and their supervising attorney to create an engagement letter and initiate legal services.  All legal work is performed by the law students and supervised by licensed attorneys.

Our Clinic is run as much like a law firm as feasible. Students are responsible for client and file management; they track and bill their time; they are responsible for directing their own research; they have firm, team, and practice area meetings; and, they have marketing and networking requirements; all with the guidance of Supervising Attorneys (Managing Partners in our analogy). Students are encouraged to share their knowledge and seek assistance within the Clinic, but also from our Advisory Committee of respected attorneys in the Wisconsin legal community.

We have a number of practice areas that students can participate in to seek more specific guidance and direction:

  • Tax and Corporate Law

  • Trademark Law

  • Patent Law (Design and Utility)

  • Intellectual Property Licensing

  • Securities

  • Employment Law

  • Internet Policies

  • Food and Beverage and other Regulatory

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training

Legal and Intellectual Property Services

  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Labor Relations
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Technology Transfer

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Technical Services

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Registration Assistance

Space and Equipment

  • Lease Review Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling

Tax Services

  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Native-American Business
Primary Contact
Jeffrey Glazer
Address
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone
(608) 561-4304