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Business, Corporate and Tax Law

As a business lawyer, you are an “engineer” of the legal system, creating business entities and drafting contracts that make the economy go. Focusing on business law will allow you to:
  • practice law anywhere from Main Street to Wall Street, from a small town to an international business practice;
  • help business clients navigate regulations, arrange financing and design strategies for new businesses; and
  • work on transactions as diverse as microfinance in the developing world, helping entrepreneurs create a new startup business or handling multibillion-dollar, cross-border transactions.

You will also have the flexibility to work in general business practice or you can focus on a certain area like tax law, securities regulation or commercial law.

Core Courses

If you concentrate on business law, you will need to take these courses.

  • Business Associations I
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Accounting for Lawyers (recommended only for students who did not take college-level accounting)

Recommended Courses

Here are some courses that you should also consider. You should choose courses that interest you or that will further your career objectives.

  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations II
  • International Business Transactions
  • Business Fundamentals for Lawyers
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securities Law Enforcement
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Payment Systems
  • Sales & Leases
  • Secured Transactions
  • LARW III: How the Deals Get Done
  • LARW III: Contract Drafting
  • Business Law Seminar
  • The Business Negotiator
  • Agency & Partnership

Related Courses

Here are some courses that do not focus specifically on business law, but that are related to it.

  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum

Clinics

Externships

Examples of past placement opportunities in business law include:

  • Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System