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 through the Small Business Clinic or the Business Planning. 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.

Required Courses:
Business Organizations
Income Tax I

*Elective Courses: In addition to taking one of the two required courses and fulfilling the practical skills and writing requirements, students are required to take electives sufficient to fulfill the balance of the 18 credits required for the Concentration. Equivalent courses may be approved by the Concentration Advisor:

Income Tax II
Accounting for Lawyers                                                                                                   
Estate Planning                                                                                                      
Business Planning
Advanced Torts: Business Torts
Corporate Tax
Employment Discrimination                                                                                                        
International Business Transactions                                                                                     
Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration                                                                                           
Secured Transactions                                                                                                                 
Trademark Law                                                                                                                  

Additional Elective Courses:
Analytical Methods for Lawyers
Closely Held Business
Consumer Protection
Employment Law
Entertainment Law
Federal Tax Practice & Procedure
Labor Law                                                                                            
Labor Law Arbitration
Land Finance and Transfer                                                                                                   
Landlord and Tenant
Non-Profit Law                                                                                                     
Patent Law                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
White Collar Crime
Transactional Lawyering Seminar

Practice and Writing Components: student must complete one of the following:                                                    
Small Business Clinic                                                                                                              
Externship preapproved by concentration faculty supervisor as related to entrepreneurship
Business Planning
Transactional Law Meet Competition

Students must also complete one significant piece of writing in the area.
The writing may be satisfied as part of an offered course in the concentration or through an independent study.

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 Practice Component

Business Law Concentration Requirement Form

*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.


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