Curriculum and Requirements

Program in Business Law

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1. Course Requirements

The certificate requires a total of 24 credit hours of business-related courses, including the legal writing and experiential requirements described below. 

The three courses listed in Section I of the Appendix are required for the certificate. In addition, students must take at least two Core Courses listed in Section II of the Appendix. The remaining hours must be taken from Sections II or III of the Appendix. 

A student may not take any course fulfilling the requirements of the Certificate pass/fail basis (except courses only graded pass/fail).

2. Legal Writing Requirement

The student must fulfill a legal writing requirement related to business law, which may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  1.  a business-related Legal Writing IV class;
  2.  a law review or journal note related to a business topic;*
  3.  an independent study where the student writes a paper on a business law topic;*
  4.  a business-related seminar in which the student writes a paper.*

*The professor supervising an independent study, law review/journal note, or seminar paper must certify to the director that the topic was business law related.

3. Experiential Requirement

The student must fulfill an experiential requirement, which may be satisfied in-house by taking Business Entity Formation*, Business Entity Transactions*, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, or Tax Clinic or alternatively by engaging in an externship or internship or other form of work experience that provides exposure to business law work/practice. If you intend to satisfy the requirement with an externship, internship, or work experience, you must submit a statement from the supervising attorney briefly describing your work and stating that the experience was related to business law. The program director will determine whether the externship, internship, or work experience fulfills this experiential requirement.

*One of these courses may not satisfy both the Core Course requirement and the Experiential Requirement.


Section I. Required Courses

Business Organizations; Personal Income Tax; Securities Regulation

Section II. Core Courses (at least two of the following courses must be taken)

Antitrust; Bankruptcy; Business Entity Formation or Business Entity Transactions; Commercial Law: Secured Transactions; Corporate Finance; Taxation of Business Enterprises

Section III. Additional Courses

The remainder of the 24 credit hours must be fulfilled by taking any Core Course not otherwise taken to fulfill the Core Course Requirement or any of the following courses. Additional business-related courses and seminars may be added to the curriculum; contact the program director to see if a particular course will qualify for the certificate.

General Business
  • Accounting/Finance for Lawyers
  • Advanced Property: Real Estate Finance and Transfers
  • Advanced Property: Real Estate Transactions
  • Business Planning
  • Business Valuation and Financial Statements
  • Business Legislation Practice
  • E-Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit Law
  • Real Estate Fundamentals and Syndications
  • Advanced Tax Transactions
  • Advising Clients on Tax Matters
  • Federal Transfer Taxes
  • Tax & Budget Policy
  • Tax Procedure
  • Tax Planning for International Business
  • Tax Fraud
Commercial Law
  • Advanced Bankruptcy: Corporate Reorganizations
  • Commercial Law: Survey
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Commercial Law: Payment Systems
  • Construction Law
International Law
  • International Capital Markets
  • International Trade
  • International Business Transactions
  • Multinational Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization or International Bankruptcy Law
Employment Law
  • Employment Relationships
Regulatory Law
  • Banking Law
  • Commodities and Derivatives Regulation
  • Compliance in Financial Institutions
  • Futures Regulations
  • Antitrust and Intellectual Property
  • Comparative Competition Law
  • International and Comparative Antitrust
  • Investment Funds
  • Tax Policy
  • The Corporation and the Constitution

The list of additional courses is indicative not exclusive. Other classes may be eligible. If in doubt, contact the program director.