Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship provides free legal assistance, support and advocacy for low-income entrepreneurs in Chicago. The IJ Clinic also trains the next generation of attorneys to be vigorous and creative advocates for entrepreneurs.


The IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship empowers Chicago’s entrepreneurs in four ways: legal service, education, outreach and advocacy.

  1. We provide free legal services to lower-income entrepreneurs, forging long-term relationships with a small group of clients to help them transform their companies and communities.
  2. We teach and supervise University of Chicago Law School students in providing our legal services to entrepreneurs, preparing these students to be lifelong advocates for entrepreneurs.
  3. We provide educational seminars and community events aimed at offering entrepreneurs practical advice on starting and growing a business, with a healthy dose of inspiration along the way.
  4. We advocate to knock down excessive regulatory and legal barriers that keep entrepreneurs from making their dreams a reality.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Hiring and Firing
  • Insurance
  • Policies and Templates

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing

Legal Services

  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Labor Relations
  • Lease Review

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • Trademark and Copyright Information
Primary Contact
Erik Castelan
6020 S University Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-3129