Business and Commercial Law Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • Comparative Corporate Law , JURI: 4400 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar examines corporate law and the corporate form from a comparative perspective, with particular emphasis placed on how large publicly traded companies are governed and regulated in some of the world’s leading commercial and financial jurisdictions.

  • Constitutional Law I , JURI: 4180 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course addresses the meaning and impact of the Constitution of the United States, particularly with regard to the subjects of federalism, separation of powers, the judicial function and due process of law.

  • Constitutional Law II , JURI: 4190 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course focuses on constitutional protections of liberty and equality apart from protections that stem from principles of substantive and procedural due process. Subjects typically covered in the course include the Contract Clause, equal protection, freedom of expression, the right to free exercise of religion and the prohibition of laws respecting an establishment of religion.

  • Consumer Law , JURI: 4177 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course considers numerous legal issues concerning consumers’ commercial transactions, including the following key topics: disclosure of information to consumers, consumer credit, predatory-lending prohibitions, consumer-credit reporting, privacy related to consumer transactions (both online and offline), consumer-product warranties, debt collection, and dispute-resolution methods.

  • Contemporary Issues in Business Law , JURI: 4365 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar examines contemporary issues that are prevalent in the regulation of business organizations and activities. At the beginning of the semester, each student registered for the class will select a research topic from a menu of choices provided by the course instructor. The student will then meet with the course instructor to discuss research plans and schedule a time for an in-class presentation of the topic. Each student is required to submit a presentation outline before his or her presentation, and a final paper on the chosen topic at the end of the semester.

  • Contract Drafting for Startups and New Ventures , JURI: 5456 , Credit Hours: 2
    The fundamentals of contract drafting applied to the context of fast growth technology startups and other new business ventures. Students will be introduced to multiple concepts including: interviewing clients, avoiding ambiguity, considering legal consequences, understanding core contract concepts, and reviewing and revising based on negotiations. This course will require students to produce successive drafts of documents that incorporate feedback from the professor.

  • Corporate Counsel Externship , JURI: 5968S, 5969E , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    This course explores the practice of law from the perspective of an in-house counsel. Students will spend 1-2 days each week in a corporate legal department where they will have work assignments and experience firsthand the inner workings of a legal department. A 2-hour seminar each week will supplement the on-site work with discussions about relevant substantive topics and opportunities to build skills through drafting projects and simulations. In lieu of a final exam, students will prepare an appraisal with critical reflections about their externship and an oral presentation.

  • Corporate Finance , JURI: 4441 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course teaches concepts and methodologies used by corporations in major financing activities, as well as legal issues that may arise in those activities. Course materials are divided into four parts: equity financing, debt financing, valuation methodologies, and financial derivatives. For equity financing, discussions will focus on the IPO process, ADRs and GDRs, rights offerings and stock repurchases. For debt financing, discussions will focus on bond features and trading environment, bond issuance, valuation and risk management, convertible bonds, key provisions in an indenture and legal implications, characteristics of medium term notes and commercial paper programs. For valuation methodologies, discussions will focus on discounted cash flows, net present values, and dividend discount models. For financial derivatives, discussions will focus on options trading, pricing and risk management, the futures market and interest rate swaps.

  • Corporate Litigation , JURI: 5595 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course explores the inner workings of expedited and summary litigation, problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation, and mergers and transfers of control. Students will be given the opportunity for hands on experience in litigating corporate cases through oral argument. This course will also include discussion of the scholarly theories of corporate law, statutory and judicial law relating to corporations, and Delaware's prominence in corporate law.

  • Corporate Responsibility , JURI: 4765 , Credit Hours: 1
    The great economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman famously stated that a corporation has "one and only one social responsibility - to increase its profits." Is this true today? As evidenced by the passage of the landmark Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010, the conduct and performance of several of America's leading corporations in recent years have seriously undermined confidence in U.S. businesses and their leaders. This course will explore contemporary trends in corporate governance and will examine whether a responsible corporation can integrate relevant societal concerns, such as environmental matters, and actually strengthen long-term shareholder value and the sustainability of both the corporation and the society in which is exists.

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