About the Center

Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law at Pepperdine

Palmer Fellows with Executive Director, David Feingold, Faculty Director, Robert Anderson, and Faculty Interim Co-Director Ahmed Taha at the Palmer Center New Fellow Orientation Dinner. Also attending are Pepperdine SOL alumni Scott Fennel, Nicole Taylor, and Shannon Kelly.


The Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law was founded at Pepperdine School of Law in 2000. The Palmer Center offers an innovative program to prepare students to fulfill the overlapping roles of lawyer and entrepreneur. Student Fellows who complete the 12-unit program receive a Palmer Center Certificate in Law and Entrepreneurship upon graduation from the law school. The Palmer Center program complements the rest of the high-caliber education that students receive at Pepperdine School of Law and is unrivaled among law school programs in its dual focus on entrepreneurship and law.

Recognizing that many law students seek to pursue alternative career paths, the Palmer Center provides its students (called "Fellows") with the necessary education and training to succeed in the fields of business, finance, real estate, entertainment, intellectual property and technology. Lawyers' struggles to meet the needs of clients in these areas evidences the need to supplement the traditional law school curriculum even for those students pursuing traditional legal careers.

The Palmer Center's unique and proven approach reflects Pepperdine's overall commitment to equip its students with the necessary skills to excel in their chosen careers.

The Palmer Center offers a stimulating, fast-paced atmosphere, both inside and outside the classroom. The curriculum consists of challenging courses that prepare students to fulfill the overlapping roles of lawyer and entrepreneur.

The Palmer Center also hosts co-curricular events that give Fellows an opportunity to interact with leaders in business and law. Through its network of mentors and institutional partners who share the Palmer Center's vision of excellence, Palmer Fellows are directly involved with leading professionals and entrepreneurs worldwide. Also, at events such as the annual Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) conference, and regular "Lunch and Learn" meetings, Palmer Fellows have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with notable entrepreneurs, attorneys, and academics.

The Palmer Center assists its Fellows in obtaining internships within their areas of interest, providing students with some of the most unique and valuable learning experiences of their law school careers.

Pepperdine School of Law students entering their second year of study are eligible to apply to become Palmer Center Fellows. Students currently enrolled in Pepperdine's JD/MBA , and who have more than one year of law school remaining, are also eligible. No person on academic probation can be admitted

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