Esther Barron

Esther Barron is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center at Northwestern University School of Law and a Clinical Associate Professor of Law. In addition to her clinical work with the ELC, her other courses include Entrepreneurship Law, Venture Capital and Business Associations. She also oversees the Law School’s Structuring Transactions program, which is a series of practical courses focused on specific areas of transactional law.

Prior to joining Northwestern Law School’s faculty, she practiced at Goldberg Kohn in Chicago in its commercial finance department. She represented lenders and other financial institutions in middle market debt transactions. In 2005, she also co-founded a start-up handbag company, Elezar, LLC.

She is the coauthor of the legal casebook Entrepreneurship Law. She is a mentor for TechStars Chicago, a leading start-up accelerator and 1871, a nationally recognized technology shared workspace located in Chicago. She received a Dean’s Teaching Award in 2010 and the SBA Faculty Appreciation Award in 2012.

Professor Barron graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University and received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

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