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The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provides legal advice for Philadelphia start-ups by matching students with a select number of innovative start-up company clients.

Serving Philly's Entrepreneurial Eco-System

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provides the legal services necessary to bring innovative ideas from conception to raising outside funding. We serve entrepreneurs at a stage when cost often leads them to forgo legal advice and postpone legal formalities. 

The ELC enables promising ideas to reach the next level by assisting fledgling companies with:

  • Entity Formations
  • Founder’s Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Employment Agreements
  • Basic Contracts, including Leases

Each client is assigned to a student team who works under the supervision of the ELC’s Director and a mentor from the ELC’s Advisory Board consisting of experts from Philadelphia’s leading emerging growth practices.

Applications are now closed for the Spring 2018 semester.

Empowering the Start-Up Community: Workshops

Aside from assisting start-ups with legal services, the ELC helps entrepreneurs help themselves by regularly conducting free workshops on cutting-edge legal topics relevant to the start-up community.


Professor Steven Rosard

Steven Rosard

Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

Currently the principal and owner of Rosard Law Firm LLC, Professor Rosard provides strategic legal advice and representation to emerging businesses for corporate, commercial securities and general business transactions. He is the former vice president and senior corporate counsel to Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., and previously practiced with Braemer, Abelson & Hitchner in Philadelphia and with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo in Boston.