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How Do Start-Ups Obtain Their Legal Services?

29 Pages Posted: 12 May 2012 Last revised: 15 Aug 2012

Darian M. Ibrahim

William & Mary Law School

Date Written: May 10, 2012


This Essay is the first to examine, using responses to online surveys, the use of in-house versus outside counsel by rapid-growth start-up companies. It also explores, from the vantage point of the start-up’s entrepreneur, some reasons for that choice. The Essay tests several hypotheses derived from the economic and entrepreneurship literatures about the benefits of in-house versus outside counsel in the unique context of start-up firms.

JEL Classification: K2

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Ibrahim, Darian M., How Do Start-Ups Obtain Their Legal Services? (May 10, 2012). Wisconsin Law Review, Vol. 2012, No. 2, 2012; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1196. Available at SSRN:

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