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Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law

Integrating Business, Law, and Innovation

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Geoffrey H. Palmer

About the Center

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.


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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.



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Palmer Center Faculty

Our team of faculty comprises experienced business consultants, entrepreneurs, published professors, and experts who speak on relevant topics to law and business internationally.

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Startup Law Clinic

This initiative provides 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.

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Journal of Business Entrepreneurship and the Law

JBEL contributes to the body of legal knowledge in the fields of entrepreneurship and business through publication of a high quality and professional periodical.



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Hear from our Fellows

Get first-hand accounts of student experiences at the Palmer Center.


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"My experience as a Palmer Fellow armed me with the tools and confidence I rely on every day as an in-house attorney."