Business Law and Policy Specialization

Overview of the Program

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For students who want to practice business law, the Business Law and Policy Specialization combines instruction in relevant substantive law with in-depth skills training in drafting, deal structure, negotiation and legal analysis informed by a thorough understanding of the business client’s goals and the obstacles to their attainment. The Business Law and Policy Specialization is suitable for students interested in practicing transactional law as well as those students who desire to become business litigators.

A successful business lawyer counsels clients on transactional structure, negotiates transactions, and advises on post transaction issues such as enforcement and termination. To do so effectively, a lawyer must understand the business purposes of the transactions in which they are involved. The Business Law and Policy Specialization gives young lawyers a head start by providing them with a broad perspective on the relevant legal and the business issues.

Students in the Business Law and Policy Specialization choose from among approximately 70 courses and seminars within five tracks: Business Law, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Track, Securities Regulation and Taxation. The five tracks guide students in course selection, as well as highlight the Specialization's curricular strengths. In each track, students begin with foundational courses, and then select from recommended specialized courses, and courses that provide further depth in a variety of areas. Each student in the Business Law Specialization has the opportunity to take an intensive transactional skills course as the capstone of their business law education. These advanced courses help prepare students to enter into business law practice with a broad exposure to the relevant interconnected bodies of substantive law, and an understanding of how successful business lawyers practice their profession.