The Startup Practicum connects University of Miami School of Law students with new ventures in need of legal assistance. Students in the Startup Practicum help clients with organizing, financing, talent, intellectual property, risk, regulation and other legal issues that arise for entrepreneurs as they launch their new businesses and organizations. Students also help with client development and related activities.
Specific legal matters students in the Startup Practicum assist clients with include: selecting and forming a business entity, such as LLC or C-corp; evaluating, negotiating and documenting financing transactions (equity and debt); drafting independent contractor, employee, joint venture and other agreements; protecting intellectual property, including applying for patents and trademarks; and, drafting Terms of Service and Privacy Policies for websites and apps.
Miami Law Student Places Third in Inaugural Justice Innovation Challenge (October 9, 2019)
In Pending Supreme Court Case Student Meets with Solicitor General’s Office (December 6, 2018)
Miami Law’s Startup Practicum Certified by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (January 16, 2018)
Miami Law’s Startup Practicum Completes Successful First Year (March 13, 2017)
Lawyers, Entrepreneurs on “How to Fund Your Business Without Breaking the Law” (November 17, 2016)
Millenials Demand Start-Up Skills (Financial Times, November 30, 2015)
The Startup Practicum publishes articles and other content relating to startup legal issues here.
Prospective clients interested in applying for services through the Startup Practicum may do so here.
Enrollment is extremely limited and preference is given to 3Ls who are registered in the BILT Concentration and have completed Startup Law and Entrepreneurship, Business Associations, Securities Regulation, the Investors Rights Clinic, Employment Law, intellectual property courses (i.e. Trademark Law, Patent Law, Copyright Law and IP for Business Lawyers), Administrative Law, LawWithoutWalls and Professional Responsibility. To apply, email a resume and transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to Professor Ravicher at least two weeks prior to the opening of registration for the desired semester.