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 Business Law Concentration gives students the opportunity to prepare for a career in business law through core classes, relevant electives, and a capstone class. The core courses are Business Associations (the law governing internal management of business entities), Bankruptcy or Secured Transactions (the law governing creditors’ rights), and Securities Regulation (the law governing investment transactions and securities markets). Qualifying electives cover a wide range of topics, including tax, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. As a capstone course, students take one of the following: Startup Legal Garage (Corporate Module), Social Enterprise and Economic Empowerment Clinic, or Deals.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the concentration, you must complete a Concentrated Studies Program Application (click here to download it). After obtaining the necessary signatures, submit the form to the Records Office. To ensure that your concentration is listed in the commencement program, submit the application no later than the first week of classes of the semester in which you plan to graduate.  While you are welcome to wait until your last semester, applying earlier will allow you to participate in special events for Business Concentrators.


Concentrators will be required to complete 22 units of qualifying coursework, as follows:


Core classes (10 to 11 units):


  • Bankruptcy (4 units) or Secured Transactions (3 units)
  • Business Associations (4 units)
  • Securities Regulation (3 units)


Capstone classes (2 to 8 units):


  • Startup Legal Garage – Corporate Module (8 units)
  • Social Enterprise and Economic Empowerment Clinic (7 units)
  • Deals (2 units) (not always offered)
  • Research Seminar in Business Law & Economics (offered in Spring 2019 for the first time)


Qualifying electives (in amount adequate to reach 22 total units):


  • Antitrust
  • Business Planning Seminar
  • Business Tax Practicum
  • Compliance and Risk Management (with modules in Corporate Governance, Corporate Crimes, Financial & Risk Regulation, and Privacy)
  • Contract Writing & Analysis
  • Community Economic Development Clinic
  • Commercial Contract Drafting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Basics for Lawyers (strongly recommended)
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Federal Income Taxation (strongly recommended)
  • Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships
  • Federal Income Taxation of Real Estate and Other Investments
  • Financial Regulation (formerly “Financial Crises & Regulation”)
  • Health Law Practice
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Seminar
  • International Business Transactions (strongly recommended)
  • International Trade Law & Policy
  • Investment Management
  • IP Antitrust
  • Law and Business in Japan
  • Law Practice Management
  • Legal Tech: Building a Startup
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiation courses (e.g., Negotiation, Negotiation & Mediation, Art of the Deal, and Lie Detection)
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Law Experiential Module
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Sales and Leases of Goods
  • Startup Legal Garage – Patent Module
  • State and Local Tax
  • U.S. Healthcare System
  • U.S. Taxation of Foreign Transactions and Investments
  • Venture Capital & The Start-Up Technology and Emerging Growth Company


Other Details

A course listed as a core or capstone class may be used as an elective if not used as a core or capstone class. The concentration advisor may approve additional qualifying electives on a case-by-case basis. In the event any of these classes are not offered in the future, the concentration advisor may designate a suitable replacement course. If a student wishes to double concentrate in tax and business law, the Tax Concentration Seminar can satisfy the capstone requirement for the business law concentration, provided the student’s paper topic is sufficiently related to business law.