Validating the Relationship of Law and Entrepreneurship: Compelling Commentary and Program Development as Entrepreneurship Becomes an Offering at Law Schools Around the Country

Joseph R. Bell


At times the perspectives of the business, and that of their legal counsel, fail to align. This paper provides a justification for entrepreneurship education as a part of a law school curriculum and provides an overview of an entrepreneurship course designed specifically for law students. The purpose of the course is to provide perspective attorneys with an understanding of the decisionmaking process high-growth ventures go through, and how counsel can best contribute to the venture. The course incorporates the business planning process with heavy emphasis on legal issues at the time of company formation, intellectual property, contracts from a business decision-making perspective and the harvest.

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