Centers of Excellence - Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship
American law schools are beginning to develop areas of emphasis to attract students, financial support, and employers for their graduates. For example, the University of Missouri School of Law is known for its Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. But it also has strengths that can be enhanced with additional funding to become centers of excellence that will improve its ability to attract the best students and faculty to Columbia. Certain current law school faculty members are nationally known for their expertise in intellectual property law, and others for their teaching skills in law relating to the formation and operation of business entities. The school is building on those strengths by creating a new Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship to enhance the study of intellectual property, entrepreneurial, and corporate law. Private funds raised to support centers of excellence in these areas could be used to establish professorships, increase the course offerings, and fund research and scholarship. Clinics, such as the new Entrepreneurship Clinic, can be established to give law students practical experience to increase their learning and make them more attractive to employers. This new Center will offer legal expertise to enhance the strength of the Mizzou Advantage interdisciplinary effort.
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