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UC Law and The Brandery Launch Fellowship Program; Students Share Summer Experiences


This summer four rising third-year law students got to experience first-hand what it takes to work with and counsel entrepreneurs at The Brandery, a local—but nationally ranked—startup accelerator.

The students were split into teams of two, and each team had the opportunity to work with five startup companies throughout the summer, providing them with a large variety of legal services.

“We had the chance to do all kinds of things that you typically just don’t get to experience as an intern,” says Matt Dearden, one of the four legal fellows. “From day one we were interacting with clients, and within the first couple weeks we began working on real-world legal issues for them.”

Located on Vine Street in Over-The-Rhine, The Brandery annually selects ten promising startups from around the world to set up camp for four months in its office. They then provide these companies with marketing connections, knowledge, seed capital, office space, and, of course, legal services.

The four legal fellows worked in the same space as the startups, which gave them unfettered access to their clients. “Clients are actually coming to you with real needs that you have to meet, and those needs are diverse and time sensitive…that’s what makes this experience so unique,” explains Nicole Giles, another one of the fellows. “Not only are you addressing these needs, but you have that face-to-face interaction, which you just may not get in a firm setting.”

The internship program is made possible through a three-way partnership between The Brandery, Taft law firm, and University of Cincinnati’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, a clinic overseen by Professor Lew Goldfarb. “This was an incredible opportunity for these students to tackle real, tangible legal issues for these entrepreneurs,” says Professor Goldfarb. “I wish I would have had this kind of opportunity when I was in law school.”

The legal fellows will continue working at The Brandery until early October, when the startups will participate in “Demo Day”—a day where they will pitch their products to potential investors. “Demo Day will be a great culmination to a tremendous experience,” explains Kathy Will, one of the legal fellows. “It’s neat to see how our legal work has directly contributed to the success of these companies. It’s been great to be a part of the entire process.”

The program is already in the works for next year. “I would highly recommend it to anyone,” says Dylan Sizemore. “Not only do you get phenomenal experience working on real problems, but you get to interact with some amazing entrepreneurs and learn from them as well.”

About the Brandery Announce Fellowship Program

The College of Law and The Brandery, a consumer marketing venture accelerator, have partnered to place law students at the company. Four rising third-year law students worked at the company during the summer, assisting with a variety of legal services. Called the Brandery Fellowship Program, it’s an opportunity for students to receive hands-on work experience while learning about and working with high-growth potential business start-ups.

Fellows will help the Brandery class with services including entity selection and formation, preparation of operating agreements, protecting intellectual property and other legal issues as they arise. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend Brandery classes that address the many facets of starting a company (i.e. marketing, branding, raising capital, business models, etc.)

Students were supervised by Professor Lew Goldfarb, director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, and representatives from the Taft Stettinius and Hollister law firm.

What is the Brandery? The Brandery is a seed stage startup accelerator, nationally ranked as one of the top programs in the United States. They’ve made their name by focusing on the importance of consumer marketing and branding. The four-month-long program in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses on turning great ideas into a successful, brand-driven startup.