Legal Practicum - Innovation Law

Credit Hours: 3

The Innovation Law Practicum is a semester-long course that is a precursor to a new Innovation Law Clinic starting in spring 2020. The Practicum will provide teams of students the opportunity to counsel entrepreneurs, creators, and inventors from the university’s internal and external communities. The course will teach students about entrepreneurship and commercializing innovation and creativity, as well as how to craft an overall legal strategy in the context of a client’s business, technology, and/or artistic vision. Anticipated projects include providing an initial assessment of legal issues and business planning, followed by specific legal services such as entity formation, securing IP, or drafting employment agreements upon mutual agreement with the client. Students will apply for one of three tracks (business law; IP; or tax) and must have completed as a prerequisite the introductory course for that specialty (e.g., Business Associations for the business law track). Preference will be given to students who have taken more than one course in their selected specialty area.