The WVU College of Law Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic (EILC) is a leading transactional and intellectual property law clinical program that provides an accessible, low-cost legal service for entrepreneurs, innovators, small businesses and nonprofits seeking to form or grow a business in the state of West Virginia.
Students in the EILC obtain legal skills and first-hand delivery of services to actual clients, developing the skills necessary in a business law practice.
Below is a sample of the types of transactional services that are offered:
- Assist a client form a corporation, nonprofit, association or other type of organization in the state of West Virginia;
- Assist a client obtain a business or other occupational license or permit;
- Draft a variety of types of agreements, including employment agreements, nondisclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, independent contract agreements;
- Draft a variety of organizational documents, including bylaws, shareholder agreements, operating agreements;
- File a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
The EILC is a year long, 9 credit course. The EILC may not be taken for only one semester. The EILC has two main components, client work and a companion seminar.
Client Work: Students are expected to average 15 hours a week on Client work for Clinic. Students are responsible for interviewing clients; researching and planning the course of their various cases; advising and counseling clients on legal options; executing clients decisions including drafting and negotiating contracts. Although students are responsible for all legal work, you are supervised by faculty.
Clinic Seminar: Students are required to prepare for and attend Clinic Seminar. The Seminar covers important lawyering skills, substantive law, and emerging themes in economic development in West Virginia. The seminar portion is held once a week for one hour
Law Student Application to Enter the EILC: Prospective students can apply by submitting an application to the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic. Please complete this application and submit to Angie Haught.
Faculty: The faculty supervisors in the EILC are one full time director faculty member, two adjunct faculty and one volunteer attorney. All EILC faculty supervisors are licensed in the State of West Virginia and may hold additional licenses in other states.