With an eye to build on students’ understanding of business principles, Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law’s is expanding its partnership with the university’s Kellogg School of Management to offer a slate of business courses beginning in the fall.
The five courses — Accounting for Decisionmaking, Business Analytics, Business Strategy, Finance 1, and Leadership in Organizations — will be taught by Kellogg professors exclusively to law students. They will be the same as the core courses taken in the full-time Kellogg MBA program. There will be about 65 seats in each class.
The courses are designed to deepen an already strong relationship between Kellogg and Pritzker, which includes the largest three-year JD-MBA program in the U.S. that boasts an annual enrollment of more than 80 and a nine-month placement rate of nearly 100%.
A STRONG INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
“The new course offerings bolster our commitment to preparing strong business-minded lawyers,” said Daniel Rodriguez, dean of Northwestern Law, in a story at Northwestern Now, the school’s news website.
“We are preparing our graduates to be T-shaped lawyers — lawyers with deep-rooted foundational legal knowledge, who also possess broad cross-disciplinary perspectives and understanding in relevant areas.”
Rodriguez says the new suite of courses will strengthen the law school’s interdisciplinary approach that prepares students for a complex global economy — a goal Northwestern is strongly committed to. He says the school’s multi-disciplinary education “breaks down silos in professional education and prepares students to be strategic problem-solvers across disciplines throughout their careers,” according to the Northwestern Now report.
The classes, the report continues, “arise through work of the Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation that reaffirmed that clients increasingly expect their lawyers to have a strong understanding of business.”