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School of Law launches business law emphasis program

November 11, 2011

Kennedy Hall, home of Chapman University School of Law.

Chapman University School of Law has launched a new business law emphasis program, to be directed by Tom Campbell, Ph.D., the law school’s dean and professor of law and economics. Approved by the Chapman faculty on Nov. 8, the new program will be offered in spring 2012. 

“This is my first major initiative as Chapman’s new dean, and I’m giving it my personal direction,” said Campbell, who has championed a greater emphasis on business law since becoming dean in April. Prior to joining Chapman, Campbell was the dean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Chapman is the only law school in the country whose dean is a former top 10 business school dean.

Students who complete the rigorous emphasis program will receive a certificate that will reflect completion of required and elective courses that include, among others, accounting for lawyers, federal income tax, law of business startups, international business transactions, mergers & acquisitions, securities regulation, financial institutions and corporate ethics.

The new emphasis program will augment existing certificate programs in advocacy and dispute resolution, entertainment law, environmental law, international law and tax law.

“Simple familiarity with the language of business will be of substantial help in representing business clients, either from the outside or in-house,” Campbell noted. “A Chapman law degree with a business law emphasis will also underline the collaborative nature of law and business, specifically, that lawyers might be seen as adding to the process of creating opportunity as the economy recovers.”

Those students wishing to obtain more intensive education in law and business have the option of participating in the joint JD/MBA program, offered in coordination with the Argyros School of Business at Chapman University.

For information about the business law programs at Chapman, please call 714-628-2500.

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