BU/MIT Law Clinics


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University School of Law have established two free clinics to offer student innovators and entrepreneurs legal guidance. Through this unique collaboration, student entrepreneurs are connected with student advocates from BU Law to address legal issues associated with their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities and efforts to turn ideas into businesses.

All students currently enrolled in any school or department at MIT are eligible for free legal advice through the clinics, which offer short or long-term representation of student clients.

Startup Law Clinic

The Startup Law Clinic, formerly known as the Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic, provides assistance in many areas of law, including:

  • Choosing a form of entity and incorporating
  • Advising on intellectual property strategy
  • Invention assignment arrangements and agreements
  • Advising on equity allocation and vesting
  • Negotiating and drafting founders’ agreements
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Trademark and copyright registration
  • Early stage financing transactions

The clinic does not provide direct services in some specialized areas, such as patent prosecution, immigration matters, or complex tax advice, but may be able to assist student entrepreneurs in finding and selecting qualified local private counsel.

Clients are represented by students in their final year of law school, working under the supervision of Clinic Director Jim Wheaton and Assistant Director Sam Taylor.

Students interested in making an appointment with the Startup Law Clinic can do so by visiting the clinic website.

Students can contact both clinics at bulaw@mit.edu

Technology Law Clinic

The Technology Law Clinic, formerly known as the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic is the second of two legal clinics created in the collaboration between MIT and Boston University School of Law. The clinic is available to assist currently-enrolled MIT students with legal matters related to their innovative projects and ventures in areas including:

  • Privacy and data security
  • Computer crimes and torts
  • Use of third-party intellectual property
  • Communications law
  • FOIA, public records, and access to government information
  • Publication of sensitive information
  • Response to cease-and-desist letters and other legal threats

Clients are represented by BU Law students, working under the supervision of Clinic Director Andy Sellars.

Students can learn more about the Technology Law Clinic by visiting the clinic website.

To contact the clinic directly, please email its director, Andy Sellars, at sellars@bu.edu.

Students can contact both clinics at bulaw@mit.edu