Startup Law: Sustainability

Stanford law students, working under the supervision of the Stanford attorney teaching team, provide pro bono legal assistance and support to non-profit and for-profit startups focused on climate, sustainability, and impact.


The program is open for engagements all year. The program typically supports:

  • Formation / incorporation
  • Founder equity issuance
  • Founder IP assignment to corporation
  • Hiring advisors and consultants
  • Fundraising (convertible notes, SAFEs, or equity <$5M)
  • Legal research & issue spotting
  • Referrals to specialists (immigration, patent, trademark)
Business meeting



Barton Thompson

  • Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law
  • Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Professor, Doerr School of Sustainability