Exercise your creative instincts

Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic once said, "A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts." That is what the Business Concentration strives to provide for interested students. The demands and complexities of a global economy require a strong basis in business law. To fulfill the Business Concentration, students complete a series of courses designed to equip new lawyers with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a legal career with a business emphasis. This concentration is for students interested in pursuing a general business practice or a specialized business practice such as bankruptcy, corporate, commercial, employment, international, or real estate law.

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume. This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning but, in no event, after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law-school term. Students may schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum.

Students must complete Business Associations and the required number of core and elective courses designated below. With the approval of the Director of the Business Law Concentration, a tax or business course of at least two units, whether domestic or international, not included on the list of elective courses may be substituted. If a student completes more than one core course, the additional core course(s) will automatically be applied toward the satisfaction of the requirement for elective courses. Twelve to 16 units are required for the completion of the Business Law Concentration.

12 to 16 Units required for completion of Concentration

Required CourseUnits
Business Associations4
Core Courses (complete one)Units
Administrative Law3
Banking Law3
Bankruptcy2 or 3
Business Planning2 or 3
Commercial Law3
Employment Law3
Federal Income Taxation3
Federal Securities Regulation3
International Business Transactions3
Labor Law3
Taxation of Business Entities3
Elective Courses (complete three)Units
Cannabis Law2
Cybersecurity Law & Policy2
Environmental Law3
Estate & Gift Tax/Estate Planning3
European Union Law2 or 3
Federal Indian Law2 or 3
Insurance Law2 or 3
Intellectual Property (Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property, or Survey of Intellectual Property Law — one only)2 or 3
International Commercial & Investment Arbitration3
International Banking2
International Economic Law2
Land Use Planning2
Legislation & Statutory Interpretation3
Making Deals2
Small Business Seminar2
Sports Law2 or 3
Taxation of Real Estate Transactions3
Tax Practice & Procedure2
Transnational Litigation3
U.S. & International Sale of Goods2
U.S. Antitrust & International Competition Law2
U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
White Collar Crime2
Worker's Compensation Law2
Externship or Clinic with a tax or business focus (one only, advance approval required)3 to 4