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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  • Corporate Tax , JURI: 4600 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course covers the taxation of corporations and their shareholders.  Major topics include:  contributions of property to corporations, distributions and redemptions by corporations, and taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions.

  • Corporations , JURI: 4210 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examination of problems in the organization and functioning of a corporation, including such matters as disregard of the corporate entity, management and control, federal regulation of insider trading, proxy solicitation and shareholder voting, derivative actions, and special problems of the close corporation.

  • Deals , JURI: 5085 , Credit Hours: 4
    This course examines complex corporate transactions and contracts – that is, “deals.”  The first component presents a framework for evaluating alternative transaction structures, including transaction costs, information economics, risk sharing and incentives, property rights, and finance.  Students then apply these concepts to “live” deals negotiated by alumni in transactional legal practice.  Corporations is a prerequisite for the course. Securities Regulation is helpful, but not required.

  • Design and Construction Law , JURI: 5530 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines the legal framework of the design and construction process. The course focuses on application of tort and contract law to contract formation and performance issues, and will examine legal remedies available to construction project participants. Course will have a final exam.

  • Document Drafting: Contracts , JURI: 5850 , Credit Hours: 3
    An introduction to drafting, analyzing, and revising contracts. You cannot take this course if you are currently taking or have taken Legal Drafting for Transactional Practice.

  • Employment Discrimination , JURI: 4990 , Credit Hours: 2
    Examines law regulating distinctions in the employment relationship. The emphasis is on federal statutory law regulating race, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability discrimination in employment.

  • Employment Law , JURI: 5650 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines legal regulation of the employment relationship, focusing on the erosion of the employment-at-will doctrine through various tort and contract theories, law of employee mobility including non-competes and trade secrets, protection of employee privacy and speech interests, entitlement to overtime under the Fair labor Standards Act, and the regulation of health and pension benefits under ERISA. Excludes the union/management issues covered in Labor Law and statutory discrimination issues covered in Employment Discrimination.

  • Entertainment Law , JURI: 5570 , Credit Hours: 2
    Students will learn about the fundamental elements of entertainment law, including: (a) basics of copyright, trademark, and right of publicity law; (b) how intellectual property rights are transferred and acquired; and, (c) how relationships within the entertainment industry are structured.

  • Environmental Law , JURI: 5280 , Credit Hours: 3
    State, Federal, and International legal response to problems of air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, pesticides, noise, and radiation. Emphasis on public regulation, but some consideration given to private remedies.

  • Federal Income Tax , JURI: 5120 , Credit Hours: 3 or 4
    Introduction to policy and practice of federal income taxation of individuals, including determination of gross income, allowance of deductions and credits, sales and dispositions of property, capital gains and losses, and problems of attribution of income.

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