Who we are

serving the startup community


Now in its 8th year, the Startup Legal Garage, is an innovative program in which law students provide legal work for early stage Tech and BioTech startups. The work is supervised for free by outside law firms, while the professors teach accompanying doctrinal and skills classes. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the program has worked with 65 supervising attorneys and 66 law students, who provided legal work for 65 startup companies.

Some of our companies come through the program's partnerships with numerous incubators including Y Combinator, Stanford Business School, QB3 (the incubator for UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz), Hackers/Founders, Women 2.0, and Black Founders, and other. With a particular focus on promoting women entrepreneurs, Startup Legal Garage has received one of the inaugural "Innovator Awards" from the American Lawyer publications, was honored by the Association of American Law Schools as one of its "Innovative & Other Outstanding Programs," and has been featured in the American Bar Association Journal and other news outlets.


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The Startup Legal Garage understands that getting off the "wet bar napkin" can be a confusing and exciting time. The attorneys we work with can answer some of those burning questions.

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Our Team 

Alice Armitage

Alice Armitage

Director of law and technology programming

Alice armitage, esq. 

Alice manages all aspects of the Startup Legal Garage. She is in charge of facilitating the program to ensure that all stakeholders have their goals met.  Her early career included years at Arnold & Porter and the Treasury Department, and she has taught as an adjunct at UCLA. More recently, Alice was founder and CEO of a mobile safety app startup and has provided consulting  for other startup companies. 



Yale School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1980

Brown University
B.A., M.A., British and American Literature, 1976

Research Interests

  • Platform Companies

  • Emerging Companies

  • Design Thinking

  • Regulatory Compliance

Class Offerings

• Design Thinking and Regulation


Paul Belonick

Paul Belonick

director of the startup legal garage 

Paul Belonick, ESQ.

Prof. Belonick graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010, where he was Editor-in-Chief of theVirginia Law Review.  He has since been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and was most recently an associate at Sidley Austin's San Francisco office, where he practiced securities and business litigation.  He also holds a doctorate in History from the University of Virginia.



University of Virginia School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2010

University of Virginia
Ph.D, History, 2016

Hamilton College
B.A., History and Classical Languages, 2002

Research Interests

  • Business Ethics

  • American Legal History

  • Emerging Companies

Class Offerings

  • Intellectual Property Survey

  • Startup Legal Garage Patent Module

  • Professional Responsibility - Legal Ethics