Community Leaders Partner to Support Student Startups
A program providing students with legal advice and services
The Lavin Entrepreneur Advocacy Program (LEAP) is a collaboration between the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and key partners, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Entrepreneur Clinic and Duane Morris LLP, whose attorneys provide legal assistance for Lavin Entrepreneur students and their startup businesses. LEAP is one of the first business school/law school/legal firm partnerships of its kind in the region that combines student learning experiences with those of practicing attorneys.
The LEAP program consists of four key components as follows:
- Legal Workshops: Each year, Duane Morris attorneys conduct a legal workshop for those students interested in starting their own company. Topics covered during these workshops can include taxes, corporate formation, employment, privacy, and intellectual property.
- The USD Entrepreneurship Law Clinic: On a rolling basis, SDSU students can engage with law students working at the USD Entrepreneurship clinic who will assist our students with basic legal research and assistance in limited legal filings.
- The Duane Morris LLP Clinic: Once per semester, Duane Morris opens up their offices for a few hours to meet with our Lavin Entrepreneur students. Students have the opportunity to sit down in a private session with one (or more) specialist attorneys to go over specific startup questions.
- Duane Morris Pro-bono Legal Services: In very limited cases, the Duane Morris attorneys will evaluate if they can take on the responsibility of handling a student’s legal affairs and challenges; these decisions are made on a case by case basis.
Duane Morris LLP
For short-term, specialized legal advice about various startup formation laws, apply for an appointment with Duane Morris attorneys.
USD Law Clinic
For long-term legal assistance with researching and filing, apply to be paired with a law student from USD’s Law Entrepreneurship Clinic.