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$5M gift to University of Chicago Law School paves way for business leadership program

Posted Oct 3, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Law students at the University of Chicago who want the option to lead or advise businesses will be able to take special classes to prepare them, thanks to a $5 million gift from a high-profile alum.

Bloomberg chief executive Daniel Doctoroff and his wife, Alisa Doctoroff, president of UJA-Federation of New York, gave the law school the money to create the Doctoroff Leadership Program at the law school, according to the New York Times DealBook blog, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (sub. req.) and a press release. Daniel Doctoroff is a 1984 law graduate of the school.

All students at the law school can take core business classes in the program, while a smaller group of 15 students per class can enroll in a special curriculum that includes “a unique array of mentorship, internship, and enrichment opportunities not normally found in law schools,” the press release says. The school’s business professors will teach the classes.

The law school already has a dual-degree program in business and law, but it requires full tuition at both schools and it crams five years of education into four years, DealBook says.

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