Brandon Bartee ('06) | Financial Management
Brandon Bartee was happy to have his name associated with ACU and its College of Business Administration when he applied to the new Law & Entrepreneurship L.L.M. program at Duke University Law School.
"While ACU may seem like a small school, its reputation is much more expansive than the city of Abilene, or the state of Texas for that matter," says Brandon. "No matter where I go, it seems as though everyone knows someone who went to ACU. And in the context of applying to graduate or professional school, or even a job, ACU graduates are regarded as very successful."
A business degree from COBA is an excellent choice because it is so versatile. Not only are there several different paths you can take within COBA, but the opportunities beyond a business degree are limitless. When you consider ACU’s reputation throughout the world, a COBA degree can literally take you anywhere you want to go.
Brandon is one of 14 students who were accepted into Duke's new program, which will supplement his law degree with a specialization in entrepreneurial law.
"What's especially unique about Duke's program is the opportunities provided to the students," he says. "I'll have the chance to gain hands-on experience by working for a venture capital firm, start-up or law firm located within the Research Triangle Park of Durham, home to many of the world’s largest technology-based companies."
Brandon earned his B.A. in Financial Management from ACU in 2006, then went on to receive his J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in May.
He credits COBA with helping him realize he could achieve success in both business life and spiritual life.
"This is exemplified by the COBA faculty, many of whom have had extremely successful careers in business yet still maintained healthy family lives and Christian values," he says.
"The legal profession in particular is one where there is an immense amount of power in the hands of practitioners, which unfortunately is used for evil as much as it is for good," he says. "Throughout my career, I'm confident that the impressions the COBA faculty made on me will help in guiding me to make the right decisions."
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