Hot: iLINC Best Practices for Law Incubators

The iLINC Network have established a set of best practices for establishing university-based legal incubators for ICT start-ups. These best practices cover the practical aspects of setting up a legal clinic as well as ensuring that clinic-based activities are fully integrated with the student learning programmes.

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New: iLINC Law Incubator Brief

Experience shows that many of the ICT/tech start ups that come to law students for support have an international outlook. They might already have to deal with laws from multiple countries. Or their growth ambition means they will very soon have to. Through legal incubators, law students are uniquely positioned to help start ups chart these foreign waters.

Read more in iLINC’s Law Incubator Brief

New: iLINC Policy Briefs and Legal & Technology Briefs

The iLINC Thought Leadership Programme crystallises the thinking of the iLINC Network on a number of key legal issues and challenges that are relevant for the ICT start-up community. Find here the ‘iLINC voice’ that helps to catalyse regulatory change and to build legal awareness through the ICT innovation ecosystem.

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What is iLINC?


iLINC is the European Network of Law Incubators. Its main objective is to facilitate the provision of free legal support to start-ups while, at the same time, offering postgraduate law students the opportunity to engage in professional practice in the fast-moving and highly exciting world of technology start-ups.

This website serves both start-ups and ‘law incubators’ i.e. those entities wishing to provide legal support to start-ups. Importantly, it serves as a bridge by helping to bring the start-ups and law incubators together as well as providing both communities with a rich set of resources to support the many facets of providing high-quality legal support.

Through direct engagement of postgraduate law students in helping start-ups to address a broad spectrum of legal challenges, iLINC is pushing back the boundaries of legal education. In short, iLINC is helping to create both the companies and lawyers of tomorrow.

What is a law clinic or law incubator?

In general terms, a law (or legal) clinic is a nonprofit law practice that serves the public interest. The iLINC law incubators are university-based entities that focus on providing free legal support to ICT start-ups. With a strong prevalence in the US, law clinics originated as a method of practical teaching of law school students. The academic clinics are usually directed by clinical professors.

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The iLINC European Network of Law Incubators invites you to participate in a survey designed to achieve a better understanding of the legal issues and challenges that start-ups face and how start-ups deal with them. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and iLINC will use your response to better understand the market and improve the operation of Law Incubators (Clinics) for start-ups.

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