January 18, 2017


Looking for legal advice? We’ll come to you!

Through On-Site, experienced HLEP law student members, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, will offer ad hoc legal analysis on one specific issue for your startup.  Entrepreneurs are invited to meet with our On-Site representatives to pose their legal questions and schedule a follow-up meeting (1-2 weeks later) for the answer.

To receive legal advice through On-Site, simply send us your legal questions [insert contact link].  See the list of questions we can answer below.

At this time, we can offer support on any of the following (and similar) questions:


  • Should I incorporate?
  • In which state or country should I incorporate?
  • What sort of entity should my company be?

International student founder

  • Can I start a company here while in school on a student visa?
  • Can I stay in the U.S. to work on the company after graduating?


  • Are my workers employees or independent contractors?
  • How do I make sure my workers are independent contractors?

Intellectual property

  • How do I protect my proprietary information/product(s)?
  • Is my idea/product/process/business patentable/copyrightable?
  • What does/would my patent protect?
  • Is my company name/logo/brand trademarkable?
  • What are the costs and benefits of getting a patent/trademark/copyright?
  • What is the process to get a patent/trademark/copyright?
  • Do I own the IP my workers create?
  • How can I own the IP my workers create?