What is iLINC?
iLINC is the European Network of Law Incubators. Its main objective is to facilitate the provision of free legal support to start-ups while, at the same time, offering postgraduate law students the opportunity to engage in professional practice in the fast-moving and highly exciting world of technology start-ups. This website serves both start-ups and ‘law incubators’ i.e. those entities wishing to provide legal support to start-ups. Importantly, it serves as a bridge by helping to bring the start-ups and law incubators together as well as providing both communities with a rich set of resources to support the many facets of providing high-quality legal support. Through direct engagement of postgraduate law students in helping start-ups to address a broad spectrum of legal challenges, iLINC is pushing back the boundaries of legal education. In short, iLINC is helping to create both the companies and lawyers of tomorrow.
What is a law clinic or law incubator?
In general terms, a law (or legal) clinic is a nonprofit law practice that serves the public interest. The iLINC law incubators are university-based entities that focus on providing free legal support to ICT start-ups. With a strong prevalence in the US, law clinics originated as a method of practical teaching of law school students. The academic clinics are usually directed by clinical professors.
iLINC in short
The Project Consortium
The project is conducted by Queen Mary University of London, University of Amsterdam and KU Leuven as well as the Hans Bredow Insitute for Media Research.
iLINC is part of EU Hub (http://www.startupeuropehub.eu): seven initiatives that encourage and support Europe’s leading ICT companies through the provision a range of important services.