Startup Law Initiative

Through the Startup Law Initiative (SLI), 1L students team up with law firms to provide free legal incorporation services to local entrepreneurs. SLI’s services allow Bay Area founders to overcome costly barriers to conducting business. Students are put into small groups and assigned a client to work with over the course of the semester. Students’ work includes research, client intake, interviews, drafting and filing documents (e.g., articles of incorporation), and interactions with clients and supervising attorneys. The business owners must meet income requirements to qualify for assistance.

Supervision: Students in SLI are supervised by an attorney and member of Berkeley Law.

Time Commitment:  15-20 hours per semester

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can LLM students apply? Yes, both 1L and LLM students are welcome to apply.
  2. What times/days of the week will meetings take place? Trainings will likely take place at lunch or in the evenings as they will be conducted by our supervising attorneys. Specific dates and times have not yet been set. Client work will be done on your own time, coordinated with your teammate(s).
  3. Is prior experience required/preferred? No! Training will be provided, so no experience is necessary. One of the goals of the organization is to provide exposure to corporate transactional work for students who are interested but have not had prior opportunities to explore this type of work.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at

How To Apply