Entrepreneurial Law LLM

Making New Dealmakers

The Right Venture

Colorado Law's LLM in Entrepreneurial Law is one of the only LLM programs of its kind nationwide. The program provides the breadth and depth of expertise needed to expand an attorney's practice to serve emerging companies as both outside and in-house counsel. The competitive advantage of our Entrepreneurial Law LLM graduates is how they understand the needs of a growing business from both a legal and business perspective and can move a client's business forward in today's complicated and fast changing environment. Jumpstart your career with a degree that gives our graduates the legal expertise necessary to effectively counsel the innovative and "disruptive" companies of tomorrow.

  • The Right Place: Colorado Law is surrounded by a vibrant start-up community, a premier research university, and seven federal laboratories. The Mile High Tech area between Boulder and Denver is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity and is poised for tremendous growth. The area is home to many successful entrepreneurial companies in fields ranging from information and communications technologies to biotechnology to clean energy technology and renewable energy. Colorado Law is also home to the Silicon Flatirons Center, a nerve center for the start-up community. CU ranks 7th nationally in the number of companies created from its intellectual property. Researchers ranked Boulder as the highest performing small city for venture capital investment. Forbes named Boulder as the "Most Educated City in America" and Outside Magazine ranked Boulder No. 1 in "20 Dream Towns." Boulder was recently featured in the New York Times as a "magnet for high-tech start-ups" as well as in Fox Business News.
  • The Right Time: Attorneys serving entrepreneurial companies practice law at fast pace. With entrepreneurs serving as an engine of innovation, and investments in start-up companies continuing through the recession, now is a strategic time to focus on entrepreneurship. Law firms and start-ups―now more than ever before―are looking for attorneys who understand a business' needs and are ready to hit the ground running. The LLM in Entrepreneurial Law is ideal for JD graduates looking to acquire the skills and connections necessary for a successful career in transactional and business law.
  • The Right Curriculum: Courses focus upon critical aspects of transactional practice such as intellectual property, securities, deals and general corporate law. Expert faculty teach entrepreneurial building blocks and offer advanced courses such as legal negotiation and venture capital. Experiential learning opportunities through the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provide real-world experience working with start-up clients, including company formation, drafting contracts, and the creation of intellectual property protection strategies. Cross-disciplinary courses through CU-Boulder's Leeds School of Business and College of Engineering and Applied Science provide expert instruction in other areas of business that the average attorney might lack, such as courses in finance, management, and the creation of business plans.

LLM Candidates

The LLM in Entrepreneurial Law is designed to train transactional attorneys to solve the diverse problems that entrepreneurial companies encounter. Colorado Law selects applicants who are U.S. law school graduates, as well as graduates of universities outside of the U.S. who hold a law degree or its equivalent in education or practical experience. The LLM benefits:

  • JD graduates who want to concentrate on an entrepreneurial law curriculum
  • JD graduates who want to broaden their business law training and networking
  • Attorneys working in business law who want to have specialty credentials and improve marketability
  • Attorneys not working in business law who want to break into that field or have cross-disciplinary skills 
  • Government officials, attorneys, and corporate officers in countries other than the U.S. who want to learn abou the U.S. entrepreneurial sytem

Requirements and Curriculum

To earn the LLM in Entrepreneurial Law, students must complete 26 credit hours in entrepreneurship-related courses, including the capstone courses. International students will take two additional courses in the summer prior to beginning the LLM.



Capstone Courses**

  • Independent Legal Research (Students complete a substantial project related to entrepreneurship and law, suitable for publication)
  • Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (Students provide free legal services to start-up companies in Colorado's Front Range)  
  • Internship (Work for select mentors at local companies and firms; more intensive internships may be substituted for the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic)

Not all courses are offered each semester
*Required course, if not previously taken
**Capstone courses completed during the summer

Beyond Curriculum


Resident Faculty
J. Brad BernthalEntrepreneurial Law Clinic, Venture Capital and Private Equity
Alexia Brunet MarksInternational Business Transactions
Wayne GazurCorporate Taxation, Survey of Business Enterprise Taxation
Mark LoewensteinAgency, Partnership and the LLC, Corporations, Securities Litigation and Enforcement
Scott MossEmployment Law
Paul OhmCopyright, Introduction to Intellectual Property 
Scott PeppetLegal Negotiation, Counseling Families in Business
Amy SchmitzSecured Transactions, Arbitration
Andrew Schwartz: Securities Regulation
Harry SurdenPatent Law, Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

Adjunct Faculty
Jason HaislmaierIntellectual Property and Technology Licensing
Victoria MarschnerTaxation of Conduit Entities
Jason MendelsonVenture Capital and Private Equity 
Trish RogersMergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations
Paul WashingtonBusiness Planning

Work and Careers 

Colorado Law students and graduates have received internships or permanent employment at the following firms and organizations from 2004-2012:

In-house Business Law

Avaya Technologies

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation


Camco International

Conoco Philips




EchoStar Technologies

Elephant Energy


GE Access


Level 3 Communications


Newton Running Company

Noodles & Company

Sun Microsystems

Telesis Corporation


Viero Wireless



Business Law and Licensing

CU-Boulder, Technology Transfer Office

Law Firms

Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, P.C.


Davis Graham & Stubbs

Faegre Baker Daniels

Holland & Hart

Bryan Cave

Hogan Lovells

Lathrop & Gage

Patton Boggs

Setter Roche

Sheridan Ross

Snell & Wilmer

Stoel Rives

Townsend and Townsend and Crew

Wilkenson Barker Knauer

Venture Capital Firm

Foundry Group

Private Equity Firm

Grey Mountain Partners

Start-Up "Accelerator"