Entrepreneurship Law Center Practicum

Entrepreneurship Law Center Practicum

The Entrepreneurship Law Center Practicum (e-Law Center Practicum) will provide legal services to entrepreneurs and startups who are not yet ready or able to engage outside legal counsel.

Students will work with diverse companies who are confronting a variety of business challenges specific to startups and early stage high-growth ventures. The e-Law Center Practicum will focus on four primary objectives in servicing student and faculty businesses and high-growth ventures.

Experiential Learning: Students can expect to be challenged in experiential learning while developing critical thinking and practical research, drafting and client management skills. Student will be expected to demonstrate: critical thinking and judgment; service orientation with clients; communication; and practice orientation.

Contact Us

Matthew K. Pelkey, Program Director
Entrepneurship Law Center, University at Buffalo
725 O’Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
716-645-2094
mkpelkey@buffalo.edu

Excellence in Service: Students enrolled in the e-Law Center Practicum will work to provide quality services to participating businesses in conjunction with leading practitioners and law firms. Subject matters will include, but not be limited to:

  • Entity selection and formation
  • Securities/Financing
  • Tax
  • Intellectual Property (Patents, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Copyrights and Licensing)
  • Social Enterprises
  • Terms of Use/Privacy Policies
  • Small Business Advice and Counseling
  • Hiring and Employment Matters
  • Ethics/Conflict of Interest/Governance

Accelerating MWBEs: The e-Law Center Practicum will support minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs), and conduct research and application around breaking the barriers of traditional venture investing. In doing so, the program will accelerate MWBEs with a particular focus on high growth companies.

Economic Development: Although not directly lending itself to student learning outcomes, one of our goals is to support economic development efforts in Western New York through cultivating entrepreneurship and innovation. The e-Law Center Practicum helps create a thriving entrepreneurship community through sustainable economic development and opportunities for those in our community.