Osgoode Venture Capital Clinic
The Osgoode Venture Capital Clinical Project (OVC) provides legal services to early stage entrepreneurial ventures in the financing and equity structuring stages of growth. Osgoode students will work as Caseworkers directly with lawyers from Wildeboer Dellelce LLP advising on legal tasks such as incorporations, corporate structuring/ restructuring, drafting agreements, development of financing strategies, and various other tasks associated with early-stage business ventures. Students will gain experience in client communication, client consultations, drafting legal agreements, corporate finance, employment matters, technology, and operational matters.
OPIR and Optional Academic Credit
Participation in the clinical project qualifies for OPIR hours. It is expected that students will be able to fulfill their OPIR requirements through participation in the OVC.
Students will also have the option of writing a 2-3 credit independent research paper under the supervision of the clinical project’s Faculty Director. The research paper component is to be completed over the two-term duration of the OVC.
Training and Supervision
Successful candidates will be bound by OVC’s Confidentiality Agreement, and will work directly with and under the supervision of Wildeboer Dellelce lawyers in providing legal assistance to OVC clients.
Throughout the fall and winter terms, Wildeboer Dellelce will host an orientation meeting and a number of training sessions on fundamental aspects of corporate and commercial law. The orientation and training sessions will be held in Wildeboer Dellelce’s offices. Students will develop an understanding of the venture capital, equity structuring, early-stage investment and entrepreneurial landscape, as well as the perspectives of stakeholders (i.e. entrepreneurs, investors, advisors etc.) who play an integral role in the formation and capital raising activities of start-up entities.
Activities and Location
Students will attend client interviews and file meetings throughout the course of the OVC term. Supervising lawyers meet with students at Wildeboer Dellelce’s downtown offices to monitor progress on work assignments, assist with decision-making, counsel students on appropriate next strategies, and review written work.
OVC clients are generally entrepreneurs who are referred to the Clinical Project by incubator partners or clients that Wildeboer Dellelce may choose to refer for participation through the OVC. Students responsibilities entail providing legal services to these clients on an ongoing basis during the OVC term, which runs from September until the end of March.