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Paul Belonick

Faculty Assistant Director, Center for Innovation & Professor of Practice


Prof. Belonick is Faculty Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation (C4i) and the Director of the Center’s flagship program, the Startup Legal Garage.

Prof. Belonick graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  He clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has practiced civil and criminal law in both small and multinational law firms.

At UC Law he teaches numerous courses in addition to directing the Startup Legal Garage, including Criminal Investigations, Legal Ethics, Patent Law, and Property.  He also holds a PhD in History from the University of Virginia, where he focused on Ancient History and Early American Legal History.


  • University of Virginia School of Law

  • University of Virginia
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ancient History

  • Hamilton College
    Bachelor's Degree, Classical Languages and History


  • Los Angeles Times In-House Counsel of the Year in the Education and Non-Profit Category (for Startup Legal Garage)

  • American Bar Association’s Business Law Section National Public Service Award

  • California Lawyers Association’s Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Certificate (for Startup Legal Garage)


  • Startup Legal Garage: Patent Module
  • Startup Legal Garage: Corporate
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property
  • Criminal Procedure