Startup Legal Garage


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. 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.

Working with community partners such as QB3, Hackers & Founders, Black Founders, Women 2.0 and Girls in Tech, 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.” 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.

  • InfoTech Module. The InfoTech Module accepts legal projects through partner incubators: Hackers and Founders, WebFWD, Black Founders, and Girls in Tech.
  • BioTech Module. The BioTech Module accepts clients from one partner incubator: The Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). Students must have a graduate or undergraduate science degree to participate in the BioTech Module.


What type of Clients?

  • Early stage technology and biotechnology companies sourced from incubators including the California Institute for Quantitative Sciences (QB3), Hackers + Founders, Mozilla WebFWD, Black Founders, and Girls in Tech.
  • Clients  range across industries, including, but not limited to mobile, payments, gaming, identity protection, and fashion.

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.

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: Ariane Mohamadi:



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