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Affordable and No-Cost Legal Services

Rutgers School of Law

For more information about the Newark and Camden clinics, please visit the Legal Clinics Webpage. Some of the included clinics are:

  • Intellectual Property Law Clinic (Newark) - This clinic offers intellectual property and entertainment law advice and assistance for non-profit entities, authors, artists, inventors, start-up for profit businesses and microenterprises and charter schools, including intellectual property audits and licenses, copyright, trademark, right of publicity, trade secret, and patent assistance.
  • Small Business Counseling (Camden) - Students advise clients of the Rutgers’ School of Business Small Business Development Center, including conducting initial interviews, research as necessary, drafting, and counseling small businesses on items that may include evaluating and implementing the form of organization, participating in the development of a business plan, and drafting agreements.

Office of Student Legal Services

  • Rutgers University Student Legal Services (RUSLS) provides eligible Rutgers University students with professional legal advice and assistance at no cost by attorneys licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey. The RUSLS mission is to give students a place to go to have their questions answered so that their legal issues do not interfere with their academic pursuits.

VLA Patent Pro Bono Program

  • The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Patent Pro Bono Program will work to match qualified (income restrictions) inventors with experienced patent attorneys to assist with the filing and prosecution of patents. Although this is a pro bono program, some administration costs and filing fees will apply.


  • This lawyer-run site provides free, in-depth answers to hundreds of FAQs that business owners should be aware of prior to launch. Topics touch on: raising venture capital, protecting intellectual property, incorporating a startup and everything in between.


Building a Business and Creating Business Plans and Pitch Decks


Centers for Small Business Development

The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers’ network is committed to guiding established small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to create and expand their business enterprises which will, in turn, result in sustainable growth, job creation and statewide economic development and prosperity.  Free or low-cost consulting is available via their website.


New Jersey Business Portal

  • The NJ Business Portal is a "one-stop shop" for doing business in New Jersey - whether poised to start, grow or relocate a business. Economic growth is a top priority in the Garden State, and the NJ Business Portal aims to reduce the red tape to make it easier to get the information, guidance and resources needed to move forward and achieve success.


New Jersey Incubators

An incubator is an enterprise that is set up to provide office space, equipment, and sometimes mentoring assistance and capital to new businesses that are just getting started. The services provided at each of the following incubators varies. In addition to checking the websites below, please contact the incubator directly for additional information.


New Jersey SCORE Chapters

  • SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because SCORE's work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and thanks to a network of 11,000+ volunteers, they are able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.



BioNJ is the "Gateway to Health," a powerful network of 400 Members representing research-based life sciences companies and other contributors to a vibrant ecosystem. As the industry’s voice in New Jersey, BioNJ's mission is to help companies help patients by driving capital formation and fostering entrepreneurship, advocating for public policies that advance medical innovation, providing access to talent and education and offering a cost-saving array of critical commercial resources.




Others in the NJ Ecosystem


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