Description/Overview and Course Requirements
The Business Law and Policy Specialization is designed for UCLA School of Law students who wish to focus their schooling in a particular area of business law and ultimately earn a certificate of completion with their J.D.
Students in the Business Law and Policy Specialization may choose from among approximately 70 courses and seminars within five tracks: Business Law, Bankruptcy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation and Taxation.
The five tracks are designed to provide additional guidance to students in course selection, as well as highlight the specialization's curricular strengths.
Business law materials are integrated to varying degrees in the law school’s first-year curriculum, typically in property, contracts and torts. The second- and third-year curriculum in the specialization includes courses covering a wide variety of legal and business issues, ranging from regulation of markets to the design of business transactions.
All the tracks in the specialization consist of eight or nine upper division courses:
• The same set of four foundational courses:
220. Introduction to Federal Income Taxation
230. Business Associations
234. Accounting for Lawyers (for students without an accounting background)
358. Financial Analysis (may be waived by Financial Analysis Placement Test)
• Four courses from among a group of courses specific to the track (Groups A and B)
• At least one clinical transactional course, which offers intensive hands-on exposure to a field of practice
For specific information on each track’s requirements, see the links below: Requirements for Each TrackSpecialization Requirements - General InformationBusiness Law Track RequirementsBankruptcy Track RequirementsMergers and Acquisitions Track RequirementsSecurities Regulation Track RequirementsTaxation Track RequirementsAdmissions and Program InformationAdmission/Certification/Enrollment Preferences