Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic

Clinic Alert--We Are Open and Available to Help Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic (LEC) remains open and available to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The LEC is now operating 100% virtually. If you are an entrepreneur or small business in southeastern Wisconsin in need of assistance, please complete and submit an Application for Services or email

The Program

The LEC is a clinical program at Marquette University Law School. It operates as an independent law office staffed by LEC Director Nathan Hammons and law students. Participating students earn academic credit as they counsel entrepreneurial clients under the close supervision of the clinic director, and they also work with volunteer attorneys in the private bar.

The LEC has a three-part mission:

  • To provide law students with rigorous, practical training in transactional law.
  • To provide excellent legal services to entrepreneurs who lack access to the traditional legal marketplace.
  • To contribute to human and economic flourishing in southeastern Wisconsin.

Clinic Services

The LEC serves entrepreneurs creating new businesses in southeastern Wisconsin, with a focus on clients who can't afford qualified legal counsel. Clients must have a well-developed plan to start, or have recently started, a new business with potential to help the local economy. Clients also must be a good educational fit for the clinic.

The LEC counsels clients in many key legal areas, including:

  • business entity selection and formation
  • corporate governance
  • funding/financing
  • business contracts
  • employment law
  • business licenses and permits
  • trademark, copyright, and other basic intellectual property matters
  • commercial leases

The LEC does not handle litigation, and it refers businesses needing help with patents to other resource providers.

Applying for Services

Entrepreneurs interested in receiving the LEC's services should complete an application, which may be found here.