Law, Business, and Technology

Law, Business, and Technology

The future of lawyering is one in which clients will expect their counselors to be fully conversant with modern business practices and technologies. Increasingly, lawyers are called upon to serve clients who work in scientific and technology-based fields. New practice areas are emerging, and this requires different fluencies.

Northwestern Law has long been a leader in curricular innovation in the law-business space and we continue to evolve to meet the needs of the marketplace. In addition to our highly acclaimed, first-of-its-kind 3-year JD-MBA Program, the Law School offers a comprehensive set of business law courses. The Business Enterprise Concentration is available for those individuals seeking a structured legal curriculum in business. Students also have the opportunity to take a suite of core Kellogg School of Management courses taught by full-time Kellogg professors, devoted solely to our law students.

The Law School also boasts a comprehensive, integrated, and innovative curriculum that connects the study of law to the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and math. The Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Concentration is appropriate for those who are specifically interested in innovation regulation and policy, legal practice technology, and entrepreneurship.

The Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center provides intensive, hands-on transactional training. Under the supervision of clinical faculty, students work together to represent a variety of business ventures on projects ranging from intellectual property protection to drafting founders' agreements and customer contracts.

The Master of Science in Law program provides focused, practical, business-centered legal training for science and technology professionals so they can address the complex intellectual property, legal, and regulatory environment in which they work. Skills acquired in this program allow professionals to communicate and interact across disciplines and professions, to recognize obstacles and risks, and to visualize opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Northwestern Law students also participate in University-wide interdisciplinary courses. NUvention was created to teach students how innovations become viable business enterprises by putting them in the role of inventors and having them follow their ideas through the commercialization life cycle. Students from across Northwestern University participate in these courses, and several student groups have gone on to form their own businesses following graduation.