Legal Clinic - Innovation Law Clinic

The Innovation Law Clinic provides teams of students the opportunity to counsel entrepreneurs, creators, and inventors from the university’s internal and external communities. The clinic teaches entrepreneurship and commercializing innovation and creativity, as well as how to craft an overall legal strategy to match a client’s vision.

Students in the Innovation Law Clinic learn from local practitioners, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and faculty from Scalia Law. In the near future, students and faculty from other academic units across George Mason University will be able to join the Clinic as well. Under Professor O’Connor’s supervision, as well as the supervision of other local attorneys, students analyze their clients’ technology, creative innovation, business plan, and legal documents to produce a confidential “Innovator’s Roadmap” tailored to the client’s vision and needs.

Interested students should apply for one of three tracks (business law; IP; or tax) after completing the prerequisite to the introductory course for that specialty. Preference will be given to students who have taken more than one course in their selected specialty area.

Clinic Faculty

Professor Sean M. O’Connor
Founding Director

Professor Dale Lazar
Director, Patent Program

Professor Amanda Compton
Director, Bar Support and Instructor; Innovation Clinic, Director, Trademark Program; Assistant Director of Graduate Online Programming

Professor Kenneth Silverberg
Tax Advisor

Clinic Contact Information