Esther S. Barron

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center


Esther Barron is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center. In the clinical program, she works with students to represent start-ups, more mature companies and social entrepreneurs in a variety of transactional matters. In addition to her clinical work with the DPELC, her other courses include Entrepreneurship Law, NUvention- Medical Innovation, Venture Capital and Business Associations. She also co-taught a massive open on line course on entrepreneurship law.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Associations
  • Clinical Teaching

Selected Publications

  • Accidental Founders: The Race from Class Project to Start-Up, 25 Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance 86 (2020) (with Darren Green).
  • A Closer Look at Distance Learning: The Law and the Entrepreneur MOOC, 19 Lewis & Clark Law Review 395 (2015) (with Stephen F. Reed).
  • Experiencing Business Associations in the Classroom, 59 Saint Louis University Law Journal 787 (2015).
  • Entrepreneurship Law: Cases and Materials (Wolters Kluwer 2013) (with Stephen F. Reed).

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  • BA, Brandeis University
  • JD, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Hochberg Family Director, Small Business Opportunity Center, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate, Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz
  • Associate, Peterson & Ross

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