New Graduate Eric Jarrett Honed Entrepreneurial Skills at Michigan Law
High Student Demand Brings Mini-MBA Course Back for Second Year
Jon Sobel, '90: On Risk, Lawyers, and Entrepreneurial Life
Oil and water. Hatfield and McCoy.
Lawyering at Warp Speed: Living the Entrepreneurial Life
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.
"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.
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.
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.