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.

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.

This may include you seeking further legal advice with a law firm on a paid contractual basis.

WHEN IS IT AVAILABLE?

The Monash Law Clinic is closed for 2020. Announcements on availability for the service will be made in early 2021. Register your interest below: