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Business of Law Practice Training - Law School Rresources

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Many law schools in the United States offer their students courses designed to help them succeed as entrepreneurs in the practice of law. These range from basic “Law Practice (or Office or Firm) Management” courses introducing students to the basic business concepts involved in starting and maintaining a law firm, to courses with more express emphasis on creative business planning, incorporating entrepreneurial principles into the shaping of innovations in the delivery and marketing of legal services and the effective use of modern technology. The following are links to a wide range of course descriptions posted on the websites of several U.S. law schools relating to lawyers acting as entrepreneurs in the practice of law.

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Curriculum Design Funding

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This section contains links to governmental online resources and links to websites of some nonprofit foundations and organizations that may provide funding for research, curriculum design and community outreach.

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Interdisciplinary Programs - Kauffman Campuses

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This section contains contact information for the 19 Kauffman Campuses. Under a program launched in December of 2003, and as part of its many initiatives in entrepreneurship education, the Kauffman Foundation has directly sponsored interdisciplinary programs at 19 institutions of higher education. A detailed description of the “Kauffman Campuses” program, including executive summaries of the goals and operations of many of the participating schools, can be found here

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Interdisciplinary Programs - Significant law School Involvement

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There are many established cross-campus, multidisciplinary higher education programs in entrepreneurship and innovation, and several inter-institution programs as well. Set forth below are links to website descriptions and contact information regarding collaborations of particular note in the context of law, entrepreneurship and innovation because of the active involvement of law faculty and students.

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Transactional Skills Training

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While many U.S. law schools have had experiential learning and practical skills development elements in their curriculum for some time, there has been increased attention to the need for these programs in recent studies of legal education. The American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) have taken steps to promote the active pursuit of improved and innovative means of delivering practical skills training to their students. This section contains links to general information about this trend in legal education, links to law school curriculum summaries and course descriptions, and links to some notable examples of law school programs with particular emphasis on transactional lawyering skills.

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Advanced Degree and CE Initiatives

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This section contains a list of both American Bar Association (ABA) sponsored initiatives as well as ongoing continuing legal education programs at U.S. law schools geared towards those who are interested in law, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Business of Law Practice Training - Bar Association Rresources

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The American Bar Association (ABA) website contains many valuable resources of assistance to lawyers desiring to thrive as entrepreneurs in the practice of law, as well as links to many more resources available through state and local bar associations. This section provides links to ABA references/links to various resources provided by bar associations across the United States and some ABA-posted articles on business aspects of the legal profession.

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