Startup@BerkeleyLaw has served law students through an array of startup-focused courses and programming since 2015, when it was founded in partnership with the Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB) and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT). This institute specializes in venture capital finance and entrepreneurship, offering over ten distinct courses in the areas of Startup Law and offers practical skills through the Halloum Negotiation Competition.
Adding to its academic offerings, Startup@BerkeleyLaw also emphasizes experiential learning. While participating in the student-led Startup Law Initiative, current law students engage in pro bono work, offering valuable legal assistance to startups while gaining hands-on experience. The institute also invites influential professionals to speak on campus to share exclusive insights into the industry. By combining rigorous coursework, practical experience, and exposure to industry leaders, Startup@BerkeleyLaw equips law students with the knowledge, skills, and connections necessary to thrive in the dynamic startup and venture capital landscape.