New Graduate Eric Jarrett Honed Entrepreneurial Skills at Michigan Law

New Graduate Eric Jarrett Honed Entrepreneurial Skills at Michigan Law

 

As a University of Michigan undergrad, Eric Jarrett started a nonprofit foundation aimed at helping distressed families in Detroit. While working as a consultant in Washington, D.C., he developed the idea for a cookie truck. And as a Michigan Law 2L, he launched an online business selling men's pocket squares and handkerchiefs.

 

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High Student Demand Brings Mini-MBA Course Back for Second Year

High Student Demand Brings Mini-MBA Course Back for Second Year

​Last year's standing room-only demand for Michigan Law's first mini-MBA course, Business Basics for Lawyers, has prompted the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law (ZEAL) Program to offer the two-day, one-credit intensive program again Jan. 13-14, 2014.
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Jon Sobel, '90: On Risk, Lawyers, and Entrepreneurial Life

Jon Sobel, '90: On Risk, Lawyers, and Entrepreneurial Life

Oil and water. Hatfield and McCoy.

Risk and lawyers.
 
It was up to a well-known Silicon Valley leader, 1990 Michigan Law grad Jon Sobel, to try to dispel one of the central myths of modern lawyering: that attorneys and risk are mortal enemies.

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Lawyering at Warp Speed: Living the Entrepreneurial Life

Lawyering at Warp Speed: Living the Entrepreneurial Life

 

Bob Stefanski learned the importance of speed and sound judgment on the football field. But the Northern Michigan University hall-of-fame receiver didn't fully appreciate the value of the lesson until years later, when he gave up the white shirts and wingtips of Big Law for the blue jeans and sandals of Silicon Valley.

 

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Alex Wilde, '12: Entrepreneurial Exits Offers Practical Business Experience

Alex Wilde, '12: Entrepreneurial Exits Offers Practical Business Experience

When Alexandra Wilde, '12, first pulled up her chair in Erik Gordon's Entrepreneurial Exits class last year, she was already certain she wanted to be a deal lawyer.

But one of the things she couldn't know was how much her experience in that class would help prepare her to understand the deal process, including complicated provisions in transactional agreements, as she started her first job out of law school at Jones Day in Dallas.

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"Vibrant Entrepreneurial Community" Sparks Law Student's Interest in Entrepreneurship and Law

"Vibrant Entrepreneurial Community" Sparks Law Student's Interest in Entrepreneurship and Law

Joseph Morrison, Jr., arrived at Michigan Law with an interest in practicing corporate law, but after discovering that "Ann Arbor and Detroit have a young and vibrant entrepreneurial community," his interest in entrepreneurial and venture capital–related law was piqued.

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Entrepreneurship Clinic offers "top-notch legal help" to U-M student start-up

Entrepreneurship Clinic offers "top-notch legal help" to U-M student start-up

​​When Fetchnotes, a University of Michigan student start-up venture, needed legal support recently, its founders knew just where to go: Michigan Law's Entrepreneurship Clinic.

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About Us

ZEAL (Zell Entrepreneurship and Law) offers Michigan Law students, the University, and the entrepreneurial and business community a variety of programs that build on the resources of one of the world's top-tier law schools.

Michigan Law students will learn about the real-world practice of a wide range of entrepreneurially oriented activities, including venture finance, private equity, startups, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, IPOs, intellectual property, employment law, and related areas. In addition to acquiring substantive knowledge and hands-on practice skills, students will learn how to think like a businessperson, an entrepreneur, and an attorney who serves clients that are pursuing entrepreneurial activities—whether in startups, fast-growing companies, large corporations, financial services and consulting firms, or in law firms that are themselves entrepreneurial. ZEAL students will understand the mindsets of people who see risk as an opportunity, not as an enemy. They will learn how to pursue careers in a wide variety of industries and roles.

ZEAL activities include programs for both law students and the community at large. Law-student programs include traditional and non-traditional Law School coursework for credit, and a mini-MBA course called "Business Basics for Lawyers." At ZEAL's Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic, students provide legal services to clients from the entire campus under the supervision of practicing attorneys. ZEAL also will provide speakers from law, business, and finance, and coordinate activities with students from sister schools across the U-M campus that include business plan competitions, company incubation, student-led venture capital funds, and counseling from the U-M Ross School of Business's Zell Lurie Institute and College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship.

Michigan Law students will graduate with specialized knowledge, new ways of thinking, and new ways of seeing and participating in the opportunities available to people who have the benefit of a top-tier legal education.


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