Startup Law Clinic

STARTUP LAW CLINIC

The Startup Law Clinic at Monash University is a legal centre that provides free advice and assistance to the Monash startup and entrepreneurship community on legal matters relating to starting and running a company.

The Startup Law Clinic is run by the Faculty of Law where penultimate/final year and graduate law students work under the supervision of a qualified, practicing solicitor. Clients (aka early stage teams and companies associated with Monash University or the Generator) can request an initial consultation and a clinic student will manage the client, from initial discussion through to the completion of the engagement.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Current Monash students, staff or researchers and Monash Alumni (who have been engaged in a Generator Program) are eligible to access advice from the Monash Startup Law Clinic. Once you submit an enquiry, the Monash Startup Law Clinic will conduct an initial check on the scope of work, any potential client conflicts and the capacity of the clinic. Whilst the clinic will endeavour to support your enquiry, it is not guaranteed as it is a limited service.

WHAT AREAS DOES THE CLINIC SUPPORT?

The Startup Law Clinic can support on a range of business related legal topics including:

  • Structuring a business
  • Startup documents and policies
  • Basics of what is covered in a shareholder agreement
  • Contract advice
  • Initial guidance on partner dispute
  • Issues with getting paid
  • Licence agreements for IP or supply
  • Trademark/branding
  • Developing terms and conditions
  • ACCC labelling and competition advice

The aim of the Startup Law Clinic is to provide you with initial advice on common legal aspects of running a company and prepare you for the next step. This may include you seeking further legal advice with a law firm on a paid contractual basis.

HOW DO I START THE PROCESS?

STEP ONE

Complete an online enquiry form with your contact details, company name, scope of work and preferred time to be contacted.

Submit your request →

STEP TWO

The clinic will use these details to check on the scope of work and run a conflict of interest check. You will receive a call from the clinic to book an appointment time. These are conducted on Mondays and are 45-minutes in length, over Zoom.

STEP THREE

The clinic will use these details to check on the scope of work and run a conflict of interest check. You will receive a call from the clinic to book an appointment time. These are conducted on Mondays and are 45-minutes in length, over Zoom.

You can also call the Startup Law Clinic on 1800 860 333 between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday to book an appointment.

STEP FOUR

The clinic will use these details to check on the scope of work and run a conflict of interest check. You will receive a call from the clinic to book an appointment time. These are conducted on Mondays and are 45-minutes in length, over Zoom.

WHEN IS IT AVAILABLE?

The Monash Startup Law Clinic runs from Monday 22 June to Monday 7 September 2020. Appointment times will be on the hour from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Mondays. Please ensure you can be available for one of these time slots before getting in touch.

DOES IT COST MONEY?

No, this is a free limited service to support early stage ideas, startups and companies within the Monash entrepreneurship and innovation community.