Course Details

Innovation Lab

The Law-Tech Entrepreneurship Lab is a 3-credit interdisciplinary course designed to expose students to the innovation process and teach them the legal, business, technical, teamwork, design, presentation, and other related skills involved in that process. The primary goal is for students to understand and experience each of the steps required to identify a need, create a technology-based solution for that need, and bring that solution to market. This course will take a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and the decision-making process, and the role of technology in problem-solving. A wide range of guest speakers, including substantive legal experts, lawyers, and experts from a variety of business and technology settings will address the class. This course will provide an experiential, hands-on learning opportunity for students; it will also present an opportunity for students to delve deeply into a substantive area of law. Possible substantive areas of focus include: global health, local government law and regulation, tax, women in law leadership, legal process improvements, access to justice, dispute resolution, and others. Student teams will focus on one sub-specialty area of law and work with an academic advisor to understand that area and to research unmet needs that exist in that area. With the help of their advisors, the teams will sort through the identified needs, eventually settling on the need most worthy of their attention. Once that need is identified and defined, students will move to the solutions phase, and will work to devise a technology-based solution to address the unmet need. After a “prototype” is envisioned, students will work on a commercialization plan for their idea, one that addresses both the legal protections and the business planning needed to create a commercially viable product. At the conclusion of the course, students will present their idea in a business plan competition-style format. The class is open to MSL, JD (2L & 3L), JD-MBA (2J & 3J), and LLM students. Enrollment is limited to 30. Prerequisite: Business Association (JD & LLM) or Business Formation (MSL). Section 1: Limited to JD and LLM students only Section 2: Limited to MSL students only. MSL enrollment with permission numbers only.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 722


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Innovation Lab
Faculty: Oster, Leslie A. (courses | profile)
Barron, Esther S. (courses | profile)
Sales-Griffin, Neal Orlando
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 23     Actual: 20

Spring 2017
Title: Innovation Lab
Faculty: Oster, Leslie A. (courses | profile)
Barron, Esther S. (courses | profile)
Sales-Griffin, Neal Orlando
Section: 2     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 7     Actual: 7