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Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur, Business Associations, Teaching, Start-Up


Integrating entrepreneurship into Business Associations through an emphasis on start-up and small businesses is worth sacrificing some coverage of public corporations. Attorneys are much more likely to work with clients who are self-employed or own small businesses, and thus the legal principles covered in a Business Associations course have more relevance to students when focused on these likely clients. Students are also able to more easily understand the legal concepts presented when focused on start-up and small businesses. Incorporating entrepreneurship also has the advantage of introducing law students to the cross-curricular nature of this practice area and at a time when they can still enroll in other relevant courses. It is also an engaging way for students to understand the legal and business issues presented in transactional legal practice. Some students may even be motivated to become entrepreneurs themselves. For someone who has taught Business Associations for many years, it is energizing to see students so engaged and actively participating in class, and it inspires me to continue developing creative classes and exercises with an entrepreneurship focus.