This course will highlight the critical legal and business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture. We will explore real world scenarios, and address the legal and business issues that entrepreneurs face, from the moment they conceive of the “million dollar idea” to all of the important junctures along the path to success.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship Law
The Personality of the Entrepreneur
Leaving an Employer to Start a Business
Choosing and Forming an Entity
Agreements Among Owners
Intellectual Property: trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, and nondisclosure agreements
Financing a New Venture
Hiring Workers and Employment Law
Conducting Business Online
The course is designed for students interested in learning about the business-legal aspects of entrepreneurship regardless of educational background.
The course subjects are presented in the same order a typical entrepreneur would encounter them when starting a new business. There are four or five short video lectures each week, along with reading assignments and a quiz. In addition, there is a case study flowing through the entire course, which illustrates each week’s legal principles in a practical context.
Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
Northwestern Law School
Professors Barron and Reed teach at Northwestern Law School, which has a national reputation for innovation in legal education. Barron is the director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center, and Reed is assistant director of the ELC and co-director of the largest and most successful JD/MBA program in the country. In 2014, the Law School will launch the Master of Science in Law program, a one-year degree program designed to allow engineering, science, and medical professionals the opportunity to study entrepreneurship from a business-legal perspective. The MSL program enables STEM-trained entrepreneurs to develop and protect their intellectual property and navigate the regulatory environment, so that they might bring their ideas to market.