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Start-Ed: A Model for Commercial Clinical Legal Education

23:5 International Journal of Clinical Legal Education 80-106

17 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016 Last revised: 22 Dec 2016

David A. Collins

The City Law School, City, University of London

Eric Klotz

City University London

Ben Robinson

The City Law School of City University London

Date Written: February 8, 2016

Abstract

This article outlines a pro bono student law clinic project focusing on providing legal assistance to startup businesses in central London. Serving more than 500 clients over this period, the clinic adapted to a number of problems by modifying its format with an emphasis on flexibility and informality. Additionally, the clinic implemented a survey in order to streamline the delivery of its advice. Data was collected from over 460 startups over a two year period between 2013 and 2015 regarding the nature of their business as well as the type of legal challenges they faced. The study revealed the primary need for basic legal advice on a few select matters including most notably company structure. In addition to collecting data on startups in London, the clinic project is presented as both a model for successful clinical education and example of how the university sector can act to boost innovation and the entrepreneurial economy.

Keywords: startups, intellectual property, business organizations, legal advice, technology

Suggested Citation

Collins, David A. and Klotz, Eric and Robinson, Ben, Start-Ed: A Model for Commercial Clinical Legal Education (February 8, 2016). 23:5 International Journal of Clinical Legal Education 80-106. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2729198 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2729198

David A. Collins (Contact Author)

The City Law School, City, University of London ( email )

Northampton Square
London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

Eric Klotz

City University London ( email )

Northampton Square
London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

Ben Robinson

The City Law School of City University London ( email )

10 Northampton Square
Drysdale Bldg E123
London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

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