qLegal aims to inspire and develop a new generation of lawyers capable of representing tech start-ups and entrepreneurs. We provide high calibre postgraduate law students from Queen Mary University of London with the professional experience to develop the confidence needed to represent future business ventures.
Free legal advice
qLegal provides free legal advice, workshops and resources to tech start-up companies and entrepreneurs at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies on a range of complex legal issues including:
- Intellectual property matters relating to patents, copyright and trade marks
- Agreements such as non-disclosure agreements
- Types of business structure and business incorporation
- Regulatory advice on the laws that may affect you and your business
- Data protection and privacy law
Street LAB (Law & Business)
qLegal students provide lessons to pupils at St Paul’s Way School and New City College in Tower Hamlets, East London. Lessons centre on pupils developing business ideas, which relate to technology and enterprise. At the end of the programme, teams of pupils present their ventures to an expert panel of judges to win our 'Pitch It Competition' delivered by our students.
qLegal facilitates an externship work placement programme for its students at a number of start-ups in the lawtech, AI and compliance and regulatory sector. Our students work with start-ups to gain first-hand experience in legal and technological services.
Entrepreneurship Law Clinic Module
qLegal offers a credit bearing half module to Queen Mary University of London LLM postgraduate students. The SOLM213 Entrepreneurship Law Clinic focuses on experiential learning, legal skills and practice.
CoachBright x qLegal
qLegal partners with CoachBright, a social enterprise which aims to tackle educational disadvantage. CoachBright trains university students to provide one-to-one coaching sessions to secondary school pupils from state schools across the UK. Through this programme, our students are provided with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people and learn valuable skills that can be implemented into their future careers.
qLegal students engage with staff and students across all of Queen Mary’s campuses to identify and develop practical collaborative projects involving knowledge of the law or the legal sector. Through training and experience, our students learn and develop a variety of skills and attributes much sought after by employers, including client development, commercial awareness, entrepreneurialism, report-writing, presentation skills and the ability to engage in multi-disciplinary practice.
Design the Law
Legal design is a discipline enabling lawyers to approach legal problems in a more client-friendly way. This innovative new practice is seen as a way to gain a competitive advantage, drawing on practices used in entrepreneurial, creative and technology-based industries.
qLegal aims to keep students updated about technological advancements affecting the legal industry and how to use legal design to improve client service. We achieve this by providing our students with the opportunity to take part in two legal design projects. These projects involve redesigning the Terms & Conditions of an established lawtech business and facilitating a Legal Design Hackathon.
qLegal client managers play an essential role within the client advisory process, acting as a central point between clients, student advisers, external lawyers and qLegal staff. Our students develop their commercial awareness and communication and drafting skills through addressing client enquiries, preparing case summaries and reviewing draft advice letters.
Read our Review for last academic year 2018/19 [PDF 3,220KB] to find out more about our impact.
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