Harvard law entrepreneurship project

Programs

Services to meet all of your startup's needs.

For Clients

Our traditional project cycle matches a team of 4 to 5 Harvard Law students and an attorney advisor with an entrepreneur to research and answer a legal question over 8 weeks.

FOR STUDENTS

HLEP provides an unparalleled opportunity to engage in hands-on work, as well as to interact with professionals, in the intersection of law, entrepreneurship, and technology.

About

Pro Bono Legal Help for Innovators
  • Service

    The Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project provides pro bono legal research and analysis to entrepreneurs at Harvard and MIT. Participating entrepreneurs will receive a report summarizing the team's findings.

    Legal questions can cover a broad range of substantive subjects depending on the startup's needs, including the venture, the founders, university policies, or government regulation. Concerns about incorporation are very typical questions that HLEP students might address, along with questions about copyright, trademark, immigration, employment, and state regulation. The scope of the project often depends on the number of jurisdictions in which you want to conduct business.

    We then match entrepreneurs with teams of several Harvard Law School students and an attorney advisor who work together to answer legal questions over the project cycle of six to eight weeks. The final report may outline, for example, the nuances of the question and the common legal approaches that are used in practice.

  • eligibility

    HLEP provides services to projects that are affiliated with students at Harvard and MIT. If you have a Harvard or MIT student as part of the founding or core team, that is sufficient to qualify. Our services are primarily for ventures that do not have sufficient funding to hire their own attorneys.

  • Process

    HLEP has an application, available twice per year, in which entrepreneurs can describe their venture and their legal questions. We then host a “pitch competition” to put your idea in front of interested law students and attorneys. The pitch is not mandatory, but helps members get a sense of your needs. Students and attorneys rank projects by interest, entrepreneurs are selected, and teams are assigned—a team usually consists of four or five law students along with one or two attorneys. The team holds an initial intake meeting to further discuss your legal questions, then the students research answers during the semester, usually over the course of 6–8 weeks. The work product is a written report and a final outplacement meeting at which the students and attorneys walk you through the answers to the questions raised.

  • Acessibility

    Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. Students requesting accessibility resources or accommodations in any of HLS’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs may work with Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office. If you are a student with a documented disability and you are requesting accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services to discuss and register for accommodations.

Civic, Public & Health

Asan Therapeutics
Clingo
Evera Technologies, Inc.
Salvos Therapeutics

Education & Nonprofit

GenUnity
KadaKareer
MomMe
MusiCraft
My Dental Key
New Voters
Unconditional Publishing

Products, Services, & Finance

Buffer
FlashCash
Harvard Phoneix Fund
Mosaic
Nour
ProtectEd Solutions LLC
Shelly Xu Design

Technology

Algoright
Alloy Automation
Mineral Forecast

OUR TEAM

The HLEP executive team is comprised of startup, innovation, and technology enthusiasts, some of whom are former and current entrepreneurs. Learn about our passion for HLEP and how we serve the organization below. Law students interested in joining the board are invited to contact us to find out more about our roles.
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Genie Gorbonosov

President
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Kate Pfeiffer

President
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Lauren Spiwak

Vice President of Operations
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Jason Andre

Vice President of Finance and Sponsorship
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Matan Neuman

Vice President of Community
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Yeana Lee

Director of Operations
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Rachel Brocklehurst

Director of Operations
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Christian Lansang

Director of Business Development
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Benedict Ho

Director of Sponsorship
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Agustin Paniagua

Director of Sponsorship
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Richard Hong

Director of Career Development
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Hunter Phelps

Director of Career Development
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Gianna Laezzo

Director of Communications
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Madeleine Matsui

Director of Community Development
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Shuhan Zhang

Director of Symposium
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Chris Murray

Project Director
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Jackson Xu

Project Director
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Tim Pierret

Project Director
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Steven Hess

Project Director
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BRIAN PRICE

Faculty Advisor

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