Richmond Law & Business Forum

The Richmond Law & Business Forum is a new co-curricular program at the University of Richmond School of Law to help students prepare for careers in business law. Directed by Professor Jessica Erickson and supported by a team of students, the program will host events related to business law and connect students to business lawyers in the community.

 

Spring 2022 Events

  • January

    Pro Bono Training for Business Lawyers with the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation
    Monday, January 24 // 12 p.m. // Room 101

    The Richmond Law & Business Forum is running a pilot program this spring with the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation in which Richmond Law students will work with practicing lawyers to help local non-profit organizations. This training session will teach students how to address the common governance challenges that non-profit organizations face. All students are welcome to attend, even if they are not participating in the pro bono pilot program.

    What You Need to Know to Represent Small Businesses
    Friday, January 28 // 12 p.m. // Room 102

    At this event, local lawyers will discuss the unique legal challenges faced by small businesses and how lawyers can build a practice representing small businesses.

  • February

    Informational Session on the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program
    Monday, February 7 // 12 p.m. // L30

    This session will discuss the University of Richmond’s joint JD/MBA program, including the admissions process, degree requirements, and the overall experience  We will be joined by Dean Rich Boulder from the Robins School of Business, Dean Jack Preiss from Richmond, and Camera Elliott and Sarah Nichols, two students currently enrolled in the program. 

    Business Law Snapshots: Business Tax
    Monday, February 28 // 12 p.m. // Room 101

    This event is part of our Snapshots series, which are hour-long presentations providing an overview of a specific area of business law so you can go into your summer job or career with this knowledge. In this Snapshots session, Professors Holderness and Schaffa will discuss the basics of business tax. How are corporations, partnerships, and LLCs taxed? How do these differences impact entrepreneurs who are choosing what type of business to form or companies that are structuring transactions? If you haven’t had a chance to take a business tax class, or if you took one but want a refresher, come and learn with Professors Holderness and Schaffa! 

  • March

    Business Law over Dinner Events
    Throughout the Months of March and April

    The Forum will host four dinners focused on the areas of tax, securities law, business litigation, and in-house lawyering. These dinners will feature 2-3 lawyers who specialize in a specific area, along with 4-5 students interested in this area. 

    Business Law Explorations
    Thursday, March 31 // 5 p.m. // Jepson Alumni Center

    This unique event will give students the opportunity to meet and network with lawyers from a variety of business law practices. The first hour of the event will be small group discussions with individual lawyers about their career paths and day-to-day practices. The second hour will be a reception where lawyers and students can talk more informally. Participation will be capped at 30 students to allow for discussion. 

    From Law to Business
    Wednesday, March 30 // 12 p.m. // Room 101

    This event will feature discussion with alumni who have left the law and are now working in the business world

  • April

    Business Law over Dinner Events
    Throughout the Months of March and April

    The Forum will host four dinners focused on the areas of tax, securities law, business litigation, and in-house lawyering. These dinners will feature 2-3 lawyers who specialize in a specific area, along with 4-5 students interested in this area. 

    Into the World of Practice:  Advice from Recent Graduates on Entering a Business Law Practice
    Tuesday, April 12 // 12 p.m. // Room L30

    This event will feature a candid discussion with recent graduates of Richmond Law who are now working in a business law practice. We will discuss what they have learned, what they wish they had known when they started, and the advice they have for 3Ls planning to work in this area. This event is only for 3L members of the Richmond Law & Business Forum.

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