The future of lawyering is one in which clients will expect their counselors to be fully conversant with modern business practices and also with the essentials of technology and its connection to business performance and strategy. 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. As Northwestern Law pioneered the curricular aspects of teaching business and quantitative skills, we are developing the most comprehensive, integrated, and innovative curriculum that connects the study of law to the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and math.
Through our highly acclaimed JD-MBA Program, other interdisciplinary collaborations with the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University's Department of Economics, and a rich array of courses and other opportunities, Northwestern Law provides unique opportunities for students to master the tools and techniques used by those in the corporate boardroom to develop and analyze data and to facilitate planning and strategy. Students seeking a structured legal curriculum in business are encouraged to pursue the certificate in Business Enterprise Concentration.
As part of the Law School's Bluhm Legal Clinic, the 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.