Startup Practicum

The Larry Hoffman|Greenberg Traurig* 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.


Startup Practicum Student Helps International Startup Launch U.S. Headquarters in Miami (May 3, 2018)

Miami Law’s Startup Practicum Certified by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (January 16, 2018)

Miami Law’s Startup Practicum Helps Client Apply for Patent On Unique Team Learning Invention (March 21, 2017)

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)

Miami Law’s Startup Practicum Client and Law Student Launches International Nonprofit (April 27, 2016)

Client Receives $1M in Angel Funding - Miami Law's New Startup Practicum (April 12, 2016)

Millenials Demand Start-Up Skills (Financial Times, November 30, 2015)

Our Blog

The Startup Practicum publishes articles and other content relating to startup legal issues here.

Prospective Clients

Prospective clients interested in applying for services through the Startup Practicum may do so here.

Prospective Students

Students receive up to 6 credits for one semester in the Startup Law Practicum, during which they attend weekly staff meetings. All 3L, 2L and LLM students may apply as there are no prerequisites and CLI certification from the Florida Bar is not needed. However, enrollment is limited and preference is given to students that have taken Startup Law, LawWithoutWalls or other courses in the relevant subject matters and that are nearest to graduation. To apply, interested students may email a resume and transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to Professor Daniel B. Ravicher, the Director of the Startup Practicum, at

* The Startup Practicum is supported by a gift made to the Law School by individuals at Greenberg Traurig in the name of Larry Hoffman. No other relationship between the Startup Practicum and the firm or individuals there exists.