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Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Supports Colorado Law Students, Business Community
By Jon Leslie, Publications and Creative Services

Founded in 1998, the Colorado Law School Entrepreneurial Law Clinic is a yearlong program designed to help law students gain practical entrepreneurial and technology law experience while supporting the needs of the local Front Range entrepreneurial community.

“We serve those local start-up businesses that can"t afford legal representation at this point in time,” said Eric Lentell, a current student in the clinic. “We work with them to provide legal services, from the formation of entities to helping them with simple contract law.”

The clinic serves a variety of local entrepreneurs who are seeking funding, looking to form a business or otherwise engaging in the early stages of their ventures. Many clients come from CU-affiliated groups like the Leeds School of Business Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, while others come from the local community through groups like the Colorado Technology Incubator (CTEK), which supports technology-based start-ups along the Front Range.

“We have a pretty steady stream of clients. At one time, students are usually working either by themselves or with someone else on about three clients or so,” said Lentell. “We work closely with the business school, and some of our clients are actually MBA students who are starting businesses. We also work with the Technology Transfer Office at CU and get some of clients from there as well.”

The clinic is supervised by attorneys in the Boulder office of Hogan & Hartson, LLP, and is staffed by second- and third-year law students who sign up for the course in order to participate. During the clinic, students meet on a weekly basis with their supervising attorneys to share information, meet with new clients and get feedback on the clients and legal issues they are handling.

“I think the most memorable thing about the clinic has been the opportunity to get together and sit down with entrepreneurs who are super-excited about starting their businesses,” said Lentell. “For me, dealing with the entrepreneurs is probably the best part. It"s made it all worthwhile.”

To learn more visit the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Web site.


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