Doctoroff Business Leadership Program


The line between the business and legal workplace is dissolving.  Today’s corporations want lawyers with the skills and savvy to serve as key advisors and leaders in today’s increasingly complex global business environment—lawyers who know how to analyze financial statements, think creatively about alternative capital structures, advise on complex business transactions, and create innovative business solutions.  They want lawyers who speak their language.

That’s why the University of Chicago Law School created the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program, blending the best of the MBA curriculum into our prestigious, three-year Law School education in order to better prepare students to thrive as corporate attorneys, in-house counsels, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.  The groundbreaking academic and co-curricular program is the first certificate program in the Law School’s history, and was developed with the generous support of Daniel L. Doctoroff, ’84 and his wife, Alisa Doctoroff, MBA ‘83.

Each year, a select group of high-achieving students with a demonstrated interest in business and law are selected to participate in the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program.  Students are matched with an alumni business mentor, participate in a business internship and leadership enrichment activities, and are required to complete a core business curriculum taught at the Law School by leading faculty from UChicago’s world-renowned Booth School of Business.  .

Program requirements:

  • Complete a core business curriculum taught by eminent UChicago Booth and Law School faculty during their 2L and 3L years.  Current courses include Advanced Financial Accounting, Business Strategy, Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance, Marketing Strategy, and Strategy of Negotiations.
  • Participate in a 3-year mentorship program. Each student will be matched with a business mentor who provides career guidance during the student's three years.
  • Complete a summer business internship between 1L and 2L years.
  • Participate in enrichment activities and programs focused on business, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Each year, one student admitted to the Doctoroff Program is selected as a Zubrow Scholar and awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Law School.

If you would like to apply to be part of the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program, please select “Yes” under the “Doctoroff Program” section of the 2017 University of Chicago Law School Application and attach a statement of interest to your application.

For more information on the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program, please contact Robin Ross at


Faculty Director

Douglas G. Baird

Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law

Chicago Booth Faculty

Philip G. Berger
Wallman Family Professor of Accounting

Sanjay K. Dhar
James H. Lorie Professor of Marketing

Emir Kamenica
Professor of Economics, and the Howard G. Krane Distinguished Visiting Professor in Business

Steven Neil Kaplan
Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Booth School of Business and Thomas A. Cole Distinguished Visiting Professor in Business Law

George Wu
Professor of Behavioral Science, Booth School of Business, and the Barry and Jan Zubrow Distinguished Visiting Professor in Business

Executive Director

Robin Ross