Business Law

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. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with faculty advisor Professor William Magnuson.

Core Courses (all required)

  • Business Associations I (3) or Business Associations (4) (before fall 2013)
  • Federal Income Taxation (3)
  • Accounting for Lawyers* (2) or (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)

  • Bankruptcy (3)
  • Business Associations II (3)
  • Business Fundamentals for Lawyers (1)
  • International Business Transactions (2) or (3)
  • Nonprofit Organizations (2)
  • Payment Systems (3)
  • Sales & Leases (2) or (3)
  • Secured Transactions (3)
  • Securities Law Enforcement (2)
  • Securities Regulation (3)
  • Taxation of Business Entities (3)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)

  • Business Law Seminar (2)
  • LARW III: Contract Drafting (2)
  • LARW III: How the Deals Get Done (3)

Oral Skills Requirement (at least one required)

  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration (3)
  • The Business Negotiator (3)
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (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.