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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  • Timing in Federal Tax , JURI: 5640 , Credit Hours: 2
    Timing issues of income tax law: when an item of income should be included and a deduction taken. Includes integrity of the taxable year, tax accounting methods, inventory, depreciation, installment sales provisions, net operating losses, tax benefit rule, claim of right doctrine, and equity compensation.

  • Unincorporated Business Associations , JURI: 4000 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course deals with the agency relationship and provides an introduction to partnership, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies. In addition to a final exam, students will engage in several exercises designed to provide future transactional lawyers with the basic skills to help clients structure their business relationships to achieve the client's business and financial goal

  • Wage and Hour Law and Litigation , JURI: 5955 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course examines present trends in wage and hour litigation, the single dominant subject area in current labor and employment law practice. The course examines the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and also treats wage and hour law in the states, both statutory and common law. Because multi-plaintiff litigation under the FLSA proceeds on a collective, or opt-in, basis, the course will examine the differences between opt-in and Rule 23 opt-out class actions, including increasingly successful efforts to use the two approaches simultaneously in wage and hour claims.

  • Whistleblower Litigation Seminar , JURI: 5644 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar focuses on the major Federal whistleblower statute -- the civil False Claims Act (FCA) -- which in recent years has resulted in billions of dollars of recoveries for the U.S. Government and various states, and huge rewards for the private whistleblowers instigating these cases. The FCA creates a unique partnership among private plaintiffs, their counsel, and Government lawyers, and is spawning an ever expanding number of Federal and state investigations. We will examine the evolution of the FCA from the Civil War era through its modern amendments, and the key substantive and strategic issues in pursuing and defending FCA cases today. The course will also briefly review the new whistleblower reward program at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the recently enhanced program at the Internal Revenue Service. This class is limited to 20 students.

  • Workers' Compensation , JURI: 5060 , Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes law governing workplace accidents and diseases and its relationship to orthodox tort doctrine. Among topics studied are substantive limitations on coverage, administrative process in handling claims, and various approaches toward computing compensation awards.

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