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.
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:
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.