Business Law Concentration

Business Law is an area of law that powers the economy. It includes helping clients: create business entities, negotiate contracts, navigate regulations, organize financing and many other responsibilities. Expertise is required in corporate and partnership law, contract law, securities regulations, commercial law, financial planning and bankruptcy. ​More information about Business Law is available here.

The Business Law concentration requires that students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of ​2.33 in each graded course used to satisfy the requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of the requirements. Students with questions about the Business Law concentration should consult with faculty advisor Professor William Magnuson.

Core Courses (all required)

  • Business Associations I (3)
  • Federal Income Taxation (3)
  • Accounting for Lawyers* (2) or (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)

  • Antitrust (2)
  • Bankruptcy (3)
  • Business Fundamentals for Lawyers (1)
  • Business Law Seminar (2)
  • Business Organizations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (1)
  • Core Commercial Concepts (2) or (3)
  • Corporate Finance (3)​
  • International Business Transactions (2) or (3)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (3)
  • Nonprofit Organizations (2)
  • Payment Systems (3)
  • Sales & Leases (2) or (3)
  • Secured Transactions (3)
  • Securities Ethics and Compliance  (2)
  • Securities Regulation (3)
  • Taxation of Business Entities (3)
  • Transactional Bootcamp (2)​

Experiential Requirement (at least one required)

  • Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (4-6)
  • Externship with the Securities and Exchange Commission or in an area of business law (2-4)
  • LARW III: Contract Drafting (2)
  • LARW III: How the Deals Get Done (3)
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (3)
  • The Business Negotiator (3)

*Note: A student who has a significant background in accounting should discuss with the faculty advisor whether the student can substitute an elective course for Accounting for Lawyers.