Business Enterprise

Overview

The business enterprise concentration offers a set of coordinated courses that provide a strong background in business-related law. Students in the concentration take five basic business enterprise courses, a research requirement, and a third-year Practical Issues in Business Law seminar. They then create their own business-related curriculum from a list of offered electives.

The concentration recognizes that students who focus on corporate law will still have widely disparate interests. Some will be interested in corporate and commercial litigation; others will target a career in transactional tax and financial work; and a few may develop an academic interest in corporate law and related fields. Students can refine the concentration to focus on specific areas. Moreover, it may be combined with other concentrations or programs offered by the Law School or the University.

Concentration Requirements
Concentration Checklist (pdf)

Entrepreneurship Law Center

Students concentrating in business enterprise who are interested in gaining hands-on experience representing clients in a business situation may also participate in the Entrepreneurship Law Center (ELC). This clinic, which includes students from the Kellogg School of Management, involves providing legal assistance to entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and not-for-profit organizations of all types, including day-care center providers, software developers, graphic designers, and consultants.

Due to limited enrollment, students in the concentration will be given preference in course selection for the Practical Issues in Business Law Seminar.

Typical Student Course Selection

The following illustrates a possible course progression for a student in the Business Enterprise concentration:

First Year

First Semester

  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Communication and Legal Reasoning

Second Semester

  • Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Perspective Elective
  • Business Associations or Corporations
  • Communication and Legal Reasoning

Second Year

First Semester

  • Finance I/Corporation Finance
  • Basic Federal Income Taxation
  • Business Enterprise Elective
  • General Elective

Second Semester

  • Securities Regulation
  • Entity Taxation
  • Business Enterprise Elective
  • General Elective

Third Year

First Semester

  • Research Requirement
  • Business Enterprise Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Second Semester

  • Practical Issues in Business Law Seminar
  • Business Enterprise Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective