The Entrepreneurship Clinic, part of the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law (ZEAL) Program, is a clinical law program focusing on advising U-M student entrepreneurial ventures. The Clinic provides law students with unique, real-world experience in representing early-stage ventures while offering valuable legal services to the University entrepreneurial ecosystem.
While U-M has a rich history of producing world-changing entrepreneurs—such as Google cofounder Larry Page, iPod inventor Tony Fadell, former Skype CEO Josh Silverman, Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy, Groupon cofounders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, and HandyLab cofounders Kalyan Handique and Sundaresh Brahmasandra—the entrepreneurial activity of students is reaching new heights. Just to give a few examples:
The Entrepreneurship Clinic offers an array of legal services—from entity formation, to intellectual property, to financing and deal-making—to help the University's student innovators change the world.
Through the Clinic, law students hone and develop the skills needed to serve as trustworthy advisors to early-stage companies. The classroom component of the Clinic addresses topics including how to effectively represent entrepreneurial ventures, interviewing and counseling clients, negotiating and drafting documents, entity formation, financing, intellectual property, legal ethics, and other relevant topics. Law students work under the close supervision of experienced clinical faculty and internationally recognized law firms that assist the clinic. Other activities may include: engaging with attorneys, venture capitalists, or entrepreneurs who will visit the clinic, touring the Ann Arbor and Detroit entrepreneurial ecosystems, and providing "office hours," presentations, publications, and other education to the University and local community.