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.

HLEP CLIENTS
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Civil, Public, & Government

ARCHSLATE
Loo Works Limited
Nix Institute

Education, Nonprofit, & Health

1Room
June Motherhood
Noula Inc
Pioneer Outreach
POSSIBLE Health
VERI Nano

Products, Services, & Finance

Arya Management Partners
Bossy
Canfield Capital
Circular Hospitality
First Cabin
Found
Ntoma Chocolate
Sports Industry Influencers
STRIVA

Technology

BikePath
Centerline
Cloud Store
Conductscience.com
DreamworldVR
Duma
EHLP
Fractal
Marq Vision Inc.
Onramp
SpotlightAI
wagr
Waveback

ANGEL SPONSORS
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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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Saem Kim

President
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VICTOR ROH

President
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Anissa Badea

Vice President of Operations
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YUAN HE

Vice President of Finance and Sponsorship
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JAMES DELACENSERIE

Vice President of Community
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Chris Murray

Director of Operations
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Emma Willems

Director of Operations
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George He

Director of Business Development
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Jason Andre

Director of Sponsorship
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Gennie Gorbonosov

Director of Career Development
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JV Langkilde

Director of Career Development
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Joey Tsang

Director of Communications
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Sachi Spaulding

Director of Community Development
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Jay Kim

Director of Symposium
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Sabrina Zhang

Director of Symposium
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Franklin Li

Project Director
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Carla Luna

Project Director
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Kate Pfeiffer

Project Director
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Lilian Zhao

Project Director
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BRIAN PRICE

Faculty Advisor

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