This area of concentration also exposes students to more sophisticated corporate issues, including the federal securities concerns in raising capital and issues facing publicly-held companies.
Business law is a broad area in which attorneys are usually focused on one or more specific areas of business practice. The electives within this Business Transactions concentration reflect a wide range of subjects that may arise in a business practice. Students may choose from numerous elective courses to further focus their studies in one or more specific areas of business (such as employment law, tax, international law, or commercial transactions) or to prepare them for an anticipated career path. Students pursuing this concentration are encouraged to take as many courses from the elective list as scheduling permits.
The culminating experience for students in this area of concentration is the Business Transactions Capstone. This capstone course builds on and ties together various substantive areas covered in the core courses of the concentration by requiring students to devise a plan and draft documents for a hypothetical business transaction. Students who anticipate a general business planning practice are encouraged to coordinate the Estate Planning concentration with the Business Transactions concentration due to the interrelationship between closely-held business planning and the owner's personal estate planning.
After taking Business Organizations I and Business Taxation Principles for Lawyers (courses required of all students), those choosing to concentrate in Business Transactions complete the following courses:
|Course Name||Credit Hours|
|Business Organizations II||3|
|Business Planning and Drafting||2|
|Business Transactions Capstone||1*|
|Taxation of Corporations||3|
|Taxation of Individuals||3|
|Taxation of Partnerships||3|
Business Transactions students must either complete the Client Counseling course or participate in the annual Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee Client Counseling Competition.
Business Transactions students also complete seven hours from among the following courses:
|Course Name||Credit Hours|
|Bankruptcy||2 or 3|
|Business and State Issues in Environmental Law||3|
|Business Organizations:Current Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions||2|
|Business Transactions: Venture Capital||3|
|Commercial Law: Negotiable Instruments||3|
|Commercial Law: Secured Transactions||3|
|Family Business Planning||2|
|Intellectual Property I||3|
|International Business Transactions||2|
|International Trade Law||2|
|Real Estate Finance||3|
|Securities Law: Public Company Compliance||2|
|White Collar Crime||3|
*All students completing the Business Transactions Concentration must participate in the Business Transactions Capstone (1). Students with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the end of their first year or who made a grade of at least "B" in Business Organizations I will be allowed to participate in the capstone experience upon the completion of the capstone prerequisites. Students who do not meet the criteria to participate in the capstone may participate in an independent study, which will give them a similar experience to the capstone.
For more information, see Professors Miller, Snider or Associate Dean Teague.