Innovators, Esq.: Training the Next Generation of Lawyer Social Entrepreneurs
25 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2015
Date Written: June 18, 2015
Today’s law school graduates need to be entrepreneurial to succeed, but traditional legal education tends to produce lawyers who are “strange bedfellows” with entrepreneurs. This article begins by examining the innovative programs at many law schools that ameliorate this tension, including the programs offered by our Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Although these programs train law students to represent entrepreneurs and to be entrepreneurial in law-related careers, few (if any) law schools train law students to be “business” entrepreneurs. Drawing on our own experiences and the writings of Bill Drayton, the lawyer who pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, we discuss how some lawyers have applied their legal education to be successful “social” entrepreneurs. Finally, we outline the IPI’s three-year law school program explicitly designed to train law students to be social entrepreneurs.
Keywords: entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, legal education, legal profession
JEL Classification: K10, K20, K22, K23, K29, L31, L32, M10, M13
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