The Business, Law and Entrepreneurship emphasis reflects the multidisciplinary nature of conducting business in compliance with a variety of modern laws and regulations. Students who complete the program are well-positioned to pursue careers as advisers to entrepreneurs, for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, whether in private practice or in an in-house legal department, or to serve in the public sector in agencies that regulate the activities of business organizations.
Students in the program benefit from a curriculum designed by faculty who have decades of experience as transactional lawyers. Emphasis students can take a variety of courses on cutting-edge business law topics, including Law School courses in diverse subject areas and interdisciplinary courses with law students and students from other academic units. The School of Law collaborates with the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The emphasis includes a practical skills development component with a wide range of options, such as courses in Business Planning and Negotiating Mergers and Acquisitions, a clinical experience in the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic and training in a Transactional Lawyering Skills lab course.
As is evident in the details described in the subsections to the right, the Law School’s multi-faceted law and entrepreneurship activities involve key collaborations with other UMKC academic units and programs, with other universities, and with national organizations dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. At UMKC these collaborators include, among others, faculty, students and programs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management and the School of Computing and Engineering. Other educational institutions we work with on entrepreneurship matters include the University of Kansas, the Brooklyn Law School, and the MIT Media Lab. Leading nonprofit organizations with entrepreneurship focus with which we have been involved and continue to be involved in many projects include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the United States association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).