Business Transactional Law

The Business Transactional Law concentration offers students the opportunity to concentrate their studies on the legal and practical issues that arise in business-oriented, transactional practice of law. Basic courses in Business Associations and Taxation underlie any advanced study of business transactions and are required courses for the concentration. Real Estate Transactions is recommended but not required for the concentration.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 elective hours of advanced taxation and business courses. With advanced planning, full time students should be able to complete the concentration requirements without additional time or credit hours beyond what is required for the JD program. Part-time students may also be able to earn the concentration with advanced planning but may need the ability to take an occasional course offered before 6pm.

The Faculty Advisor for the Business Transactional Concentration is Ann Scarlett.

Concentration Requirements

1. Advanced Taxation Courses (between 3 and 8 credit hours) such as:

  • Corporate Taxation
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • International Taxation
  • Introduction to Business Entity Taxation
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Seminars in Taxation

Fiduciary Taxation, Estate Planning and Income Taxation of Trusts & Estates do not satisfy this requirement.

2. Advanced Business Courses & Capstone-Skills Integration Course (between 4 and 9 credit hours of the 12 total required hours)

The remainder of the 12-hour concentration requirement (between 4 and 9 credit hours) must consist of course work in transactionally oriented business law courses, negotiations skills courses or appropriate seminars. One course that integrates transactional drafting skills will serve as the Capstone. Courses which fulfill this requirement include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Commercial and Business Transactions Practice*
  • Advanced Real Estate Transactions**
  • Antitrust Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Counsel Practicum*
  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship Law*
  • Health Care Finance and Business Planning**
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Sale of Goods
  • International Trade Law
  • Negotiations
  • Securities Regulation**
  • Seminars emphasizing negotiation skills (as offered from time to time and approved by the advisor)
  • Transactional Drafting*
  • Transactional Drafting for Business Associations* 
  • Transactional Health Care Practice*

    Up to 2 credits of the Community and Economic Development Clinic counts as a Capstone course.

    *Denotes courses that are approved Capstone courses.

    ** Denotes courses that may count as a Capstone course in certain semesters but must be specifically approved by the faculty advisor.