Current Students

UC Hastings offers a wide range of options for students interested in learning more about corporate law.  In addition to a broad selection of courses taught by our renowned faculty and leading San Francisco lawyers, we offer the opportunity to concentrate in business law by finishing a program of study and a capstone course in business law.  We also offer significant opportunities to gain practical experience through our clinical programs and experiential curriculum.

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Business Law Concentration

Many of our students pursue careers as business lawyers in corporate law firms or in-house positions. “Business law” means overlapping areas of practice that focus on assisting clients with (1) business transactions, (2) entity governance, (3) compliance, or (4) prospective management of legal, litigation, and other risk. Other terms that are frequently used to describe this area of legal practice are transactional or corporate law

The Life of a Business Lawyer

In general, business lawyers help businesses with transactions and resolving disputes.  Transactions can include anything from incorporating a business, entering into a contract or buying or selling an asset.  Dispute resolution includes litigation and arbitration either to protect the rights of the business or to defend against the claims of third parties.
Business lawyers spend their careers working in a variety of different settings. 
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Business Law Concentration

Overview

Many of our students pursue careers as business lawyers in corporate law firms or in-house positions. “Business law” means overlapping areas of practice that focus on assisting clients with (1) business transactions, (2) entity governance, (3) compliance, or (4) prospective management of legal, litigation, and other risk. Other terms that are frequently used to describe this area of legal practice are transactional or corporate law.
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Corporate Counsel Externship Program

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
UC Hastings’ Corporate Counsel Externship Program provides second and third-year students the opportunity to earn academic credit based on training in pre-vetted corporate counsel offices of for-profit and non-profit companies.  The typical on-site learning helps students build their legal skills and knowledge so they can become practice-ready business attorneys.  Now done remotely,
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Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic

About the Clinic

Students in the Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic serve as outside counsel for social enterprises, nonprofit organizations and small businesses on corporate and transactional matters.  Students advise their clients on a variety of corporate governance, compliance, transactional, and operational matters.  Through their client work, students gain experience as business attorneys and develop transactional lawyering skills such as strategic planning,
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