Having benefited greatly from his own education as an alumnus of UCLA School of Law, Lowell Milken bestowed the largest single gift in the history of the UCLA School of Law to establish the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy (LMI). With Lowell’s vision to extend greater opportunities to students, faculty, young law practitioners and alumni, LMI expands the boundaries of traditional business law education by equipping students to contribute to and succeed in the dynamic global economy and to become leaders in business and law. Building on UCLA School of Law’s scholarly and pedagogic foundation, LMI offers students innovative curricular and co-curricular opportunities, practical skills development, and experiential learning. LMI also engages and connects law students, lawyers, investors, corporate managers, regulators, policymakers and academics at conferences and colloquia where essential and current issues in business law are debated and advanced.
Several core principles guide the Lowell Milken Institute. Most fundamentally, LMI treats law as an integral part of business activity, especially in an entrepreneurial economy. Business law and policy decisions play a key role in determining whether and where jobs will be created and new businesses will be started, and whether our economy will prosper in a global environment. To succeed in an increasingly complex business and legal environment, business lawyers must have a deep understanding of the clients they serve and the economic settings in which these clients operate. The complex forces that shape an entrepreneurial economy demand that business law and policy transcend disciplinary boundaries to capitalize on the insights of economists, sociologists, historians, psychologists, and business analysts. LMI bridges the divides among academic disciplines and between the academy and practice to achieve a lasting impact, using creative partnerships to shape the future of business law and policy.
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“We live in an age when time spent in contemplation is vastly reduced and when the pace of change, both good and bad, can, it seems, overtake our humanity. Great universities offer the space and the freedom to pursue new strategies to solve pressing problems and anticipate future challenges. The support of leaders in the business and legal communities is essential to ensuring opportunities and hope for future generations.” - Lowell Milken