Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic and Intellectual Property Clinic at UMKC School of Law

The Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic and Intellectual Property Clinic delivers legal advice and facilitates the delivery of professional business planning and intellectual property services to owners of small businesses – both existing and startups — who cannot afford the market rates for such services. University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty will supervise law students as they provide legal and professional services to qualified clients.


Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic Intellectual Property Clinic at University of Missouri-Kansas City offers many services, including:

  • Assistance in making a choice of entity
  • Entity creation by drafting articles of incorporation and organization, bylaws and partnership agreements
  • Contract review and drafting
  • Advice and assistance concerning debt problems
  • Review of lending contracts and loan advice
  • Tax advice, especially about the importance of faithful payment of payroll withholding trust amounts and the consequences of failing to pay them
  • Advice concerning compliance with consumer, licensing and regulatory rules
  • Copyright and trademark creation
  • Incorporation, tax-exempt status [including 501(c)(3)] applications



Students receive training and experience in working with small businesses, including application of the concepts learned in the business organizations, federal taxation and intellectual property courses, as well as a range of other business law and intellectual property issues. In addition, students learn how to provide ethical and competence representation to individual business clients.



The clinic serves new and established entrepreneurs (Missouri or Kansas residents) who need assistance with legal services but who cannot afford the market rate for those services. To be placed on the waiting list of clients, complete and return the application to the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Contract Review (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Lease Review (Specialty)
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information (Specialty)

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Lease Review (Specialty)

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review (Specialty)

Regulatory Compliance

  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Tax Services

  • Tax Registration

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing an Existing Business


  • One-on-One Counseling
Contact Information
Danielle Merrick
500 E. 52nd Street
Ste 2-522-B
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-6425