Startup Legal Garage

What We Do

Students in the Startup Legal Garage provide corporate and intellectual property work to early stage startup companies under the supervision of leading attorneys throughout the Bay Area. Ours is a unique program: students gain an in-depth understanding of the incentive structures that drive businesses outside of and in addition to the law; clients get high quality legal services supervised by leading practitioners in the field; and law firms gain access to a vibrant potential client base.

Working with community partners, students identify issues, engage in legal research, and solve problems with their clients and supervising attorneys. The Startup Legal Garage teaches students to become partners in enterprise and more than just “the lawyer in the room.” In a new approach to legal education, students bring their deals into the classroom, which allows faculty to harvest hypotheticals in real-time and bring the teaching of legal doctrine alive: an innovative education for an innovative community.

  • Tech Module. The Tech Module accepts legal projects through incubators such as Hackers and Founders, Women 2.0, Black Founders, Latino Startup Alliance, Open Technology Fund, Code for America, and Girls in Tech.
  • BioTech Module. The BioTech Module accepts clients from one incubator: The Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). Students must have a graduate or undergraduate science degree to participate in the BioTech Module.

Who We Are

What Type of Clients?

  • Early stage technology and biotechnology companies sourced from incubators.
  • Clients range across industries, including but not limited to biotech, mobile, payments, gaming, identity protection, and fashion.  We are particularly interested in spurring legal tech startups.
  • The Startup Legal Garage is dedicated to supporting startups founded by women and minorities.

What Type of Students Participate?

  • Highly selective and limited; students are selected based on past academic performance, completed course work, and demonstrated interest in the space. The program lasts for one academic year. Those selected are enrolled in a seminar course; receive grades based on performance; receive academic credit; and, they are overseen by a faculty member to provide doctrinal education.  If you are a prospective student and would like to apply for the program, please see our student information page.

What Type of Work is involved?

  • Students work on corporate and intellectual property projects including entity formation, structuring, developing an intellectual property strategy, and handling basic contract and personnel issues.
  • Students discuss their ongoing projects in sanitized form in the classroom, with all confidential information removed.

To participate as a Law Firm Partner or Community Partner, please contact: Alice Armitage:



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