A new law clinic at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law is pairing third-year law students with local startup companies.

The program, which is a partnership with law firm Quarles and Brady LLP, aims to provide expertise on legal matters that can be problematic for new companies, such as forming a corporation or protecting intellectual property.

“We realized that Arizona is increasingly a hotbed of small startup companies, and those companies are often long on ideas but short on cash,” said Derek Bambauer, professor of law at the UA. “One of the things that they struggle with is finding help from lawyers to move their business forward and protect their innovations.”

Students are working with startups that are part of the Arizona Center for Innovation, a business incubator run out of the UA's Tech Parks.