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Santa Clara U program enables law and business students to advise start-up founders

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 15th, 2023

Santa Clara University (SCU) is running a program that enables law and business students to collaborate on advising start-up entrepreneurs.

Through the BEACH program, teams of students work to give free advice to up to 80 clients a year. The clients are sourced from the nearby Silicon Valley start-up community and from other SCU programs such as the Bronco Ventures Accelerator.

“This is what it’s like in the real world — legal and business advisors working hand in hand,” says Linsey Krolik, a Santa Clara University School of Law senior clinical fellow. “Students are getting invaluable exposure, including first-year law students and undergraduates in business. This gives them a tremendous advantage when they go to begin their career journey.”

According to SCU professor and BEACH co-director Kumar Sarangee, the program is especially unique for its cross-disciplinary approach that engages students early in their academic careers.

“Our students are learning hands-on problem solving for a broad range of start-ups,” says Sarangee. “They learn from their mentors, from the business owners, and from each other. And the start-ups get free legal and strategic advice at crucial stages of their growth.”

Source: BusinessWire

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