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
- Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Assignments and Licenses of Intellectual Property
- Employee Manuals
- Offer Letters
- Labor Compliance Advising
- Memoranda of Understanding
- Bank Loans
- Joint Ventures
- Structuring New Projects
- Corporate Recordkeeping
- 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.