Business Law Concentration
In today’s business environment lawyers need to have both a broad and a deep understanding of the legal obligations affecting businesses. Many different legal subjects affect businesses. One of the goals of the Business Law Concentration’s distribution requirements is to ensure that students are exposed to a wide range of corporate and commercial topics. At the same time, students must develop a level of expertise not just through the foundation provided by the required core courses and the immersion in the elective credits, but also by learning how to apply the lessons learned in those courses to real situations in a practical learning environment. The combination of classroom learning and contextual application make the Business Law Concentration a worthwhile goal for any student contemplating a career as a business lawyer.
Income Tax I
In addition to taking the foundational courses, students are required to take additional coursework sufficient to fulfill the balance of the 18 credits required for the concentration. Equivalent courses may be approved by the concentration advisor:
Accounting for Lawyers
Advanced Torts: Business Torts
Analytical Methods for Lawyers
Closely Held Businesses
Corporate Social Responsibility
Federal Tax Practice & Procedure
Income Tax II
International Business Transactions
Labor Law Arbitration
Land Finance and Transfer
Landlord & Tenant
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Licensing of Intellectual Property
Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration
Transactional Lawyering Seminar
Uniform Commercial Code Survey
White Collar Crime
Practical Skills Courses
In addition to the required foundational and elective coursework, students are required to complete a practical skills course in one of the following:
- Business Planning
- Business Succession Planning
- Consumer Bankruptcy Court Practice
- Externship placement related to entrepreneurship (preapproved by Concentration Advisor)
- Federal Income Tax Simulation
- Small Business Clinic/Small Business Seminar
- Transactional Law Moot Court
Students are required to complete one significant piece of writing in the concentration area. The writing requirement does not require that students earn any credits beyond the foundational and elective credits described above. However, the topic and the arrangement for fulfilling the writing requirement must be approved in advance by the Concentration Advisor. The paper could be written to fulfill the requirements of a course, an independent study, or a law review note. It may also be possible to fulfill this requirement by completing a substantial piece of writing in conjunction with an externship, such as a draft legal brief, significant legal memorandum, or by writing a paper independently, such as a submission to a writing competition or an article for publication. In all of these arrangements, the prior approval of the Concentration Advisor is required.
Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.
Note: In the case of extraordinary circumstances and undue hardship, the Associate Dean, in consultation with the Concentration Advisor may propose an alternative means of satisfying the Practical Skills requirement.
*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.