Business Entrepreneurship Emphasis Provides Focused Training for UI Law Students

Monday, June 2 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – June 2, 2014 – The University of Idaho College of Law’s Business Law and Entrepreneurship (BLE) emphasis program, started in 2012, is celebrating its first cohort of graduates this year. While relatively new, the BLE emphasis program has already made a name for itself at the university and beyond. In fact, preLaw Magazine recognized the University of Idaho College of Law this year as one of the top law schools to study tax law, business law and intellectual property. 

Entrepreneurs and innovators need lawyers to organize enterprises, negotiate transactions and protect intellectual property. The BLE emphasis provides a structured set of courses, faculty mentorship and practical skills for law students who wish to develop substantive knowledge and practical experience in this area. 

“The business law emphasis serves a dual purpose,” said John Miller, a UI law professor. “It provides students with focused training that prepares them to hit the ground running as they move into a business law practice, and it provides employers with demonstrable evidence of the student’s commitment to business practice and an assurance of adequate preparation to develop rapidly as a top flight practitioner.”

Law students who pursue the BLE emphasis take a common core of required courses and select one of three tracks within the emphasis:

Commercial Law, for students who wish to focus on the various laws that govern commercial transactions. 
Enterprise Organization, for students who wish to focus on the legal issues surrounding the formation, operation and governance of businesses.
Intellectual Property and Technology Law, for students who wish to focus on legal issues surrounding the protection of intellectual property and management of intellectual property rights.
Several students have already taken advantage of the BLE emphasis and this year marks the graduation of the first full cohort in the program. The college’s first BLE graduate, Jonathon Frantz of the class of 2013, said he found the courses particularly helpful. Ten students have graduated from the program in all. 

“After passing the bar, I opened my own practice,” he said. “Much of my work includes litigation over partnership agreements and business contracts, as well as transactional work providing business entities with legal opinions. Without the fundamentals I learned in my BLE courses, I would not be able to be in business.”  

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Cindy Hollenbeck
College of Law
(208) 885-7115

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