The Clinic represents University of Michigan student-led entrepreneurial ventures. Clients may include U-M student-led businesses or individual student inventors. The Clinic also represents U-M alumni concerning technology invented as a student at U-M.
The Clinic generally will not represent ventures concerning U-M-held intellectual property. Therefore, if your technology was invented or jointly-invented by a U-M employee, you should consult U-M's Office of Technology Transfer for advice concerning your technology.
The Clinic offers transactional and counseling legal services in the following areas:
The Clinic generally does not provide the following services:
The Clinic does not charge for its services, although clients are responsible for expenses related to their matter. For example, the fees for filing the Articles of Organization for a Michigan LLC start at $50, while the filing fees for an application for federal trademark registration begin at $275.
You may apply to become a client of the Clinic by submitting the application form.
The Clinic may contact you for additional information. The Clinic accepts applications on an ongoing basis. While the Clinic hopes to serve as many clients as possible, the Clinic typically only has resources to accept a small portion of the clients that apply. The Clinic will attempt to contact you shortly after we receive your application. If you have pressing legal needs, however, please do not wait to hear from the Clinic before pursuing other potential legal service providers.
The Clinic will select its clients based on various criteria, such as the following:
Also, please note that as a general rule, the Clinic will not represent one student against another in any ownership dispute. Accordingly, the Clinic will generally not take on a Client (or will have to pause from representing a Client) if a genuine dispute over rights in the Client's technology exists or arises. Also, as another general rule, the Clinic will not represent a client on an issue adverse to U-M.
A client's primary advisors will be second- and third-year law students closely supervised by experienced clinical faculty. On occasion, attorneys in private practice will also assist the law students.
If the Clinic is unable to take on your matter, upon request, we can attempt to refer you to a private practice attorney that can assist you.
While the legal issues that entrepreneurs confront vary greatly, the following are examples of issues the Clinic could address:
The Clinic clients will come from U-M's exceptional student body. U-M is one of a select few schools with top-tier engineering, business, medical, and law schools. U.S. News and World Report recently rated 95 U-M programs in the top 10 in the country, one of only four universities to achieve that high level of broad excellence. U-M's student body has included these prominent entrepreneurs:
U-M students are currently engaging in entrepreneurial activities like never before:
Learn about other programs in U-M's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
701 S. State St., Ste. 2020
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
The Entrepreneurship Clinic is part of
Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program
University of Michigan