Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law
Integrating Business, Law, and Innovation
Geoffrey H. Palmer
The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law offers an innovative, multidisciplinary fellowship program. The Palmer Center prepares students to fulfill the overlapping roles of lawyer and entrepreneur through a challenging, exciting, and unique supplement to the traditional law school curriculum. Students who complete the 12-unit program are awarded a Palmer Center Certificate in Law and Entrepreneurship upon graduation from the law school.
The Palmer Center provides its student Fellows an integrated education in business and law. In today's world, lawyers who have business skills have an advantage over their peers, as lawyers are increasingly called upon to render counsel on issues requiring knowledge beyond the scope of a traditional legal education. Entrepreneurial ventures are the driving force behind modern innovation and wealth creation, and the Palmer Center equips its students with the educational and experiential tools to form and grow such ventures.
Endowed by Geoffrey H. Palmer, entrepreneur and Pepperdine Caruso Law alumnus, the Palmer Center offers a stimulating, fast-paced atmosphere, both in and out of the classroom. The Palmer Center offers classes in business, finance, real estate, entertainment, intellectual property, and technology, and allows its Fellows to specialize in one of three entrepreneurial tracks: Business and Finance; Real Estate; or Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Technology.
Outside the classroom, the Palmer Center offers topical symposia, conferences, clinical externships, public service and social entrepreneurship opportunities, and unique internship experiences.
The Startup Law Clinic at Pepperdine Caruso Law is an initiative designed to train law students to serve entrepreneurs of startups (primarily in the technology sector) with formation, capitalization, corporate governance, user agreements, angel investor financings and venture capital transactions. This initiative will provide Pepperdine law students with valuable and practical experience in the entrepreneurial and startup sector. The Clinic will provide guidance and expertise to entrepreneurs in preparation for a startup's formation and initial capital investment as well as in negotiating the legal and business terms of the investment.