Business Law

Description

The Business Law Concentration offers rigorous academic and professional training in subjects relating to the legal regulation of U.S. and global business activity today. Students completing the program will have breadth, expertise, and a foundation for professional practice. LL.M. students take classes with some of the nation’s leading theorists  and practitioners in Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Tax, Arbitration, and Energy. The curricular program requires students to develop a background in fundamental areas of business law, including required courses Business Associations for LL.M.s and Contracts for Foreign Lawyers. Nevertheless, students have flexibility to design their own course of study within the broad range of relevant courses. The substantial elective selection in Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Corporate Governance, Tax, Arbitration, International Business, Trade, Negotiation, Energy, Real Estate, and numerous seminars allows students to expand the breadth and depth of their business knowledge. The Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic gives students the opportunity to provide transactional business law representation to entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and community groups.

This concentration is designed for students with a foreign law degree. The Law School will consider, on an individual basis, an application from a student with a J.D. and little background in this area of study.

Additionally, students have access to the University’s Center for Law, Business & Economics, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, and the Texas Business Law Society. The Center for Law, Business & Economics at the University of Texas School of Law fosters research and study on a variety of topics at the intersections among law, business, and economics. Center faculty teach and write in many areas of the law, including copyright and patent law, bankruptcy, commercial law, corporations, antitrust, international trade, and civil procedure. The most prominent focal points of the Center’s work are empirical studies and transactional studies. This Center holds an annual workshop series.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business coordinates the Law School’s programs, resources, and events relevant to energy law and business. Learn about the KBH Center’s Annual Symposium.

The mission of the Law School’s Texas Business Law Society (TBLS) is to provide educational, networking and professional development opportunities for law students interested in both transactional – as well as litigation-based business law. Organizational activities may include, but are not limited to, guest lectures, training clinics, competition teams, networking events, career-advancement opportunities, and social events both on and off campus. TBLS will also coordinate two teams to represent The University of Texas School of Law at the annual National Transactional LawMeet competition.

General Requirements

  • A total of 24 credit hours that must be completed in one academic year (fall and spring semesters).
  • 12 concentration-specific credit hours (see below)
  • A three-credit writing seminar or a two-credit directed research project (with a 30-page paper involving research and analysis) in a related area.
  • Introduction to U.S. Law (This course is required for students with a foreign law degree. Foreign students with a background of common law study can request a waiver of this requirement.).
  • Students interested in taking a U.S. state bar exam will also have to take certain bar-required courses to be eligible to sit for the bar exam.

Concentration Requirements

Required Courses

  • Business Associations for LL.M.s
  • Contracts for Foreign Lawyers

Electives 

  • Adv Lgl Writing: Writing for Business Clients
  • Antitrust
  • Antitrust: Economic Analysis/Legal Interpretation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law Workshop
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Protection Act (Deceptive Trade Practices Act)
  • Copyright
  • Copyright-Media Rights Drafting Workshop
  • Corporate Compliance & Ethics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Tax
  • Economics Efficiency Analysis
  • Economic Principles: Corporate Finance
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Federal Income Tax of Trusts & Estates
  • Financial Methods for Lawyers
  • Intellectual Property, Intro
  • International Arbitration: Practical Skills
  • International Business Litigation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Investor/State Arbitration
  • International Tax
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Domestic and International Arbitration
  • Law/Econ Captl Mrkts/Fincl Int
  • Law & Economics
  • Law & Social Media
  • Law, Finance & Science of Global Energy Transactions
  • Legal Research, Advanced: Corporations/Securities
  • Legal Research, advanced: Transactional Drafting
  • Negotiation
  • New Venture Creations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Oil & Gas Taxation
  • Partnership Tax
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution Workshop
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Secured Credit
  • Secured Credit Workshop (concurrent enrollment in Secured Credit)
  • Securities Regulation
  • Sports Law
  • Taxation of Real Estate Investments
  • Tax Planning for Business Entities
  • Texas Venture Labs Practicum
  • Trademarks
  • Transactional Practice Skills
  • Venture Capital
  • Wall Street Regulation
  • Clinic: Entrepreneurship & Community Development
  • Seminar: Behavioral Law & Economics
  • Seminar: Business/Regulatory Aspects of Health Law
  • Seminar: Credit Cards in Transition
  • Seminar: Corporate & International Finance & Governance
  • Seminar: Credit Cards in Transition
  • Seminar: Entertainment Law
  • Seminar: Intellectual Property & Technology Policy
  • Seminar: International Business Litigation
  • Seminar: International Petroleum Transactions
  • Seminar: Labor Law
  • Seminar: Labor, Inequality & Human rights
  • Seminar: Law & Economics
  • Seminar: Maritime Law: Commercial Problems
  • Seminar: Music Law
  • Seminar: Patent Law, Advanced
  • Seminar: Regulation of Financial Markets
  • Seminar: Tax Policy
  • Seminar: Tax Reform
  • Seminar: Theories of Intellectual Property
  • Seminar: Topics in Corporate Law & Capital Markets
  • Seminar: White Collar Crime
Note: The sample courses listed above are sample course offerings only and are not necessarily offered every semester. Past, current, and future courses can be accessed on the Law School’s Interactive Course Schedule.