Who We Are

Chicagoans are staking their claim in the American dream through entrepreneurship, which allows them to make a better life for themselves, their families and their neighbors. They have discovered that their unique talents and perspectives allow them to innovate—by bringing an old-fashioned business to a neighborhood that other businesses overlook or by inventing an entirely new product or service. Their entrepreneurship has the power to inspire entire communities, create jobs and even shake up an industry.

But starting a new business can be daunting. It can be difficult to find emotional support, training, financing, good employees, loyal customers and protection from crime and liability. The law is supposed to help, but often it serves as more of an obstacle than a solution. Small business owners need to navigate a mind-boggling web of laws, rules, regulations and contracts to survive. They also need to know how to make it through City Hall and come out with licenses and permits. Sometimes, entrepreneurs even need to fight City Hall. This is where the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship comes in.

Legal complexities should never hold back an entrepreneur who has a great idea for a business that could lift up a family, a neighborhood or a whole industry.

Contact the Clinic

Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
6020 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-3129

  • Members of Street Vendors Association of Chicago have been serving up traditional Mexican treats on Chicago’s streets for many years. However, until 2015, the vendors’ model of selling food from a push cart was outlawed in Chicago. Many vendors operated with a fear of being ticketed, fined, and/or arrested. In addition to fears of policing,…

  • We have provided in-depth, first-rate legal assistance for over 200 clients, ranging from a flower peddler to a fast-growing tech start-up. When our clients face an intimidating obstacle, like tough negotiations, handicapping legal restrictions or the overwhelming complexities of business, we craft a strategic plan to help them. Our clients say time and again that…

  • Beth Kregor Director bkregor@ij.org Beth Kregor is the director of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship. Under Beth’s guidance, University of Chicago law students take their first steps into the practice of law by providing legal advice to lower- income entrepreneurs. Beth is passionate about her clients and her causes. She has advised restaurants, moving companies…

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