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Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship students advise clients on many legal aspects of starting and operating their for-profit, non-profit and hybrid businesses:

Business Formation and Structuring

  • Choice of Business Entity
  • Organization of Business Entity
  • Licenses and Permits
  • Organizational Meetings and Documentation
  • Founders Agreements
  • Operating Agreements and Bylaws


  • Customer Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Leases for Property and Equipment
  • Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements

Intellectual Property and Branding

  • Securing and Protecting Rights in Business Names, Logos, and Trade Secrets
  • Copyright Protection of Business Assets
  • Website Terms of Use
  • Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Assignments and Licenses of Intellectual Property


  • Employee Manuals
  • Offer Letters
  • Non-Competes
  • Labor Compliance Advising


  • Memoranda of Understanding
  • Bank Loans
  • Joint Ventures
  • Structuring New Projects
  • Corporate Recordkeeping

Non-Profit Considerations

  • Obtaining Tax Exemption
  • Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Charitable Registration
  • Reporting Requirements

Please keep in mind that:

  • We are able to accept only a limited number of clients to our roster each semester.
  • We operate at full capacity only when school is in session.
  • We don’t litigate.
  • We don’t advise on freedom to operate or prosecute patents.
  • We don’t advise on securities law matters.
  • We advise all clients whose matters implicate tax considerations to consult with their accountants in addition to us, and in certain cases, with specialized legal counsel.
  • We generally represent businesses and enterprises as opposed to any business prinicpals in their individual capacities.
  • We award a preference in client selection to ventures that align with Villanova University’s mission to: provide a public service to the community, better the human condition, create a more sustainable world, show concern for the poor, and foster responsible stewardship of the environment.