Summit Categories and Topics

Virtually any topic relevant to the discipline of business law is welcome at the summit. A non-exclusive list of subjects is below:

  1. AACSB and Assessment

– Engagement of business law with the AACSB, including AACSB goals, reaccreditation, and assessment.
– How business law as a discipline and legal training can help schools complete assessments
– Adapting and responding to changes in AACSB accreditation standards
– Proactive engagement with AACSB as a member of the faculty
– Traditional and non-traditional methods of assessment of skills in business law

  1. Courses and Curricular Development

– How business law promotes ethical and values-driven education in business schools
– Building and sustaining a business law certificate, minor, major, or other academic program.
– Integrating law and strategy into the business law curriculum
– The promising role of corporate compliance in business law
– Jobs and employment for students with business law undergraduate or graduate education.

  1. Journals, Scholarship and Metrics

– The impact of business law on university rankings and core educational skills
– Journal lists and the law review system in a business school
– Successful collaboration with business faculty co-authors and publishing in business journals
– Critical issues for junior faculty navigating the tenure-track
– Interacting with business colleagues in allied fields and conferences such as Academy of Management, Society for Business Ethics, and others
– Defining and measuring impact of business law research

  1. Administration and Leadership

– Why should business law faculty pursue administrative and leadership positions
– How legal training can enhance academic administration and leadership
– Perspectives from administration on how disciplines can stay relevant to schools and universities.
– How positions in administration can facilitate values-driven education

  1. Engagement with Stakeholders

– Identifying and communicating business law’s unique value proposition to business schools, the marketplace, and society
– The value of legally educated graduates to employers and communicating this value to stakeholders.
– Educating your administrators and colleagues on the importance of business law
– Communicating business law research and its relevance
– Aligning business law to what interests your Dean, Provost, or President
– Industry attitudes toward law, regulation, and business graduates generally and how business law meets industry skill demands
– Communication of business law through public fora (e.g. newspapers. The Conversation)

  1. Potpourri

– Literature surveys on the role of business law in business education
– Case studies of highly successful business law programs
– An ‘ask the experts’ panel session about issues faced at your home institution

Questions. Please email Robert Bird (, Professor of Business Law and Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics, University of Connecticut.

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