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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  • Real Estate Development , JURI: 5490 , Credit Hours: 3
    Commercial real estate acquisition; development and financing of subdivisions, condominiums, planned developments, and income property; negotiation of financing provisions for income property, including nonrecourse clauses, guaranties, environmental indemnities, and opinions of borrower's counsel; ground leasing and sale-leaseback transactions.

  • Real Estate Transactions , JURI: 4780 , Credit Hours: 3
    Residential and commercial real estate transactions, including contracts of sale, brokerage arrangements, deeds of conveyance, the recording system, and methods of title assurance; financing of real estate acquisition, including installment land contracts, mortgages, and other financing methods.

  • Secured Transactions , JURI: 4950 , Credit Hours: 3
    Basic commercial law course dealing with secured financing when the collateral consists of personal property, including goods, fixtures, intangibles, and intellectual property. Focus is on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course should help students to develop their skills in statutory analysis and in understanding and planning business transactions.

  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement , JURI: 5430 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course examines private, SEC, and criminal enforcement of the federal securities laws. Topics considered include fraud on the market, market manipulation, international reach of the fraud provisions, and securities arbitration, as well as developments under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This course is altogether distinct from, and does not presuppose knowledge of, the course in securities regulation.

  • Securities Regulation , JURI: 4960 , Credit Hours: 3
    This overview of the federal securities laws focuses primarily on the Securities Act of 1933. Topics covered include the definition of a security, the registration of securities offerings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, exemptions from registration, secondary distributions, and civil liabilities.

  • Sports Law , JURI: 5550 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will concentrate on the regulation and oversight of intercollegiate athletics in the United States by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Coverage will include the history of the organization, the differences between the divisions, Title IX compliance, the NCAA's legislative processes, initial eligibility requirements, graduate success rate and academic progress rate standards , the reporting and investigation of alleged violations, the processes for the adjudication of infractions, and the NCAA's penalty structure. In the Fall 2016 semester, this course will have a traditional exam. In the Spring 2017 semester, students will make presentations and may use their papers to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. Sports Law Syllabus for Spring 2017

  • State and Local Taxation , JURI: 5000 , Credit Hours: 2
    A study of principles and problems of state and local taxation in our federal system. Examines ad valorem property taxes, corporate and personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, and other state and local taxes imposed on business. Federal constitutional limitations on state tax power explored in detail and considerable attention is devoted to problems of dividing income of multi-jurisdictional corporations among the states.

  • Sustainable Business: Transactions and Strategy , JURI: 5667 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course will introduce students to the concept of environmental sustainability, the legal challenges facing businesses in attaining environmental sustainability, the incentives for business to achieve sustainable commerce, and possible means that governments may have to encourage or stimulate environmentally sustainable commerce.

  • Tax Crimes , JURI: 5611 , Credit Hours: 2
    Criminal tax investigations and prosecutions; constitutional defenses to the compulsory production of evidence; attorney-client privilege, confidentiality and other defenses available to taxpayers and third parties.

  • The Law of American Health Care , JURI: 5626 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examination of the United States health care delivery system as a regulated industry. A survey of a variety of legal issues affecting health care providers and their interactions with commercial insurers, government health care programs, and state and federal regulators.

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