The Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic (EBLC) serves startups, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations in need of transactional legal assistance. The clinic, which began operation in 2012, is the school’s newest, and it operates within a very active entrepreneurial community in the Columbus metropolitan area. Through the clinic, third-year students have the opportunity to represent entrepreneurs and their businesses while simultaneously supporting and furthering the university and the state’s mission of promoting sustained economic growth.
EBLC students assist early-stage companies by providing legal advice on initial organization and formation, capital structure and equity issuances, employment contracts, debt and equity financings, trademarks, licensing, tax exemption, and other corporate and intellectual property matters under the supervision of licensed faculty. The clinic also offers a robust academic curriculum that covers a range of transactional and business law topics.
Students interview clients, review clients’ legal needs, and collaborate as teams to advise on those needs. In addition to handling the primary legal needs of these new businesses, the EBLC emphasizes ethical practices, fair governance, and professionalism.