Business Law Scholars Program
J.D. Seminar 1262
| 2 credit hours
The Business Law Scholars Program is designed for students who will be working in a business law-related internship/job over the Summer of 2016 and who wish to simultaneously develop their expertise and skills in this area through a related course. It is open to students who have completed their first year.
SEMINAR: The Business Law Scholars course will be taught by Professor Andrew J. Sherman, a partner in the Washington office of Jones Day. Through the course, Business Law Scholars will develop skills in strategic planning, corporate finance, human capital and governance, capital formation, management and communication, the protection and harvesting of intangible assets, business transactions, and effective client management. Students will be expected to maintain weekly journals of their field experiences and be prepared to discuss these experiences in a facilitated discussion lead by Professor Sherman. The quality and depth of the journal entries and experiential learnings are a critical part of the overall grade for the course. The course will meet on Wednesdays throughout the eight-week summer session, from 5:45 p.m. - 9:05 p.m. Business Law Scholars will also have the opportunity to participate in professional networking events through the course.
FIELDWORK: Business Law Scholars must find their own business law-related internships/jobs at law firms, associations, government agencies, non-profits, in-house departments, or other business law-related positions and commit to working 30 hours/week. For the purpose of this program, the definition of business law is broad; we ask that applicants explain how their work relates to business law in the application (see below). Students must be supervised by a lawyer.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply to be a Business Law Scholar, please send the following documents to Rachel Taylor, Assistant Dean of Experiential Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016:
Any student who has not secured a placement by the April 1 deadline may still apply and should discuss the status of their potential fieldwork options in their application materials. Seats will be awarded first to those students who have placements lined up; if space permits, however, others may be admitted as placements are subsequently confirmed.
- Responses to the following questions:
- Where is your placement?
- Who will be supervising you? Is this person an attorney? What is their position within the office?
- What will your responsibilities be? Will your work be legal in nature?
- How many hours/week will you be working?
- How will your work relate to business law?
- Why are you interested in taking this course?
- A resume
All Business Law Scholars must attend the seminar sessions in-person. It is not possible to participate in this program remotely.
All Business Law Scholars will receive two credits for the course. Those Scholars who work for a non-profit business entity and are not being paid may elect to earn three additional pass/fail credits for their fieldwork.
Business Law Scholars may not simultaneously receive EJF funding. Full-time students will pay no tuition for this program. Part-time students will pay by the credit hour.
Students may not receive credit for this course and for the program D.C. Advantage: Business and Its Regulation.
Students may not concurrently take this course and an externship.
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