Courses in Corporate, Commercial, Financial & Business Law

Professor Steven Schwarcz

The following are idiosyncratic suggestions for law students interested in practicing with a large firm or otherwise working in the corporate/commercial/financial/business law area (with the caveat that your career interests almost certainly will change over time):

I would generally recommend courses that help to develop the intellectual resources needed to succeed as a business lawyer. In my experience, these resources fall into three categories: (1) clear and analytical thinking; (2) problem solving determination; and (3) a sufficient information base -- especially of fundamental corporate, commercial, financial, and business law principles -- from which to develop perspectives and think through problems. Here are some suggestions.

The Basic Cake: Business Associations; Principles of Commercial and Bankruptcy Law (or Commercial Transactions); Securities Regulation; Structuring Commercial and Financial Transactions; Corporate Finance; basic Federal Income Tax; International Business Transactions; and rigorous writing training.

Real Nice to Have (icing on the cake): Negotiation and Mediation; Corporate Restructuring; Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy; Intellectual Property; Research Methods in International, Foreign and Comparative Law; Financial Information; Business Planning; Conflict of Laws; Corporate Taxation.

Advanced (whipped cream on the icing): International Economic Law; Economic Analysis of the Law; Fiduciary Obligation, Agency, and Partnership; Federal Banking Regulation; Antitrust; Comparative Equity Capital Markets; Ethical Issues for Lawyers in Corporate Law and Practice; International Banking Regulation and Finance; Financial Holding Companies Law; Financial Services; Advanced Topics in Securities Regulation; Advanced Issues in Agency Law; Business Torts; Global Capital Markets; International Law; International Intellectual Property; Securities Litigation; one or more of the international "Skills" courses, such as Spanish for Legal Studies; International Litigation and Arbitration in the US; Legal Dynamics of the Start-Up Environment; International Taxation.

Finally, don't be afraid to take other courses that really interest you!

Note From Registrar: Please be aware that not all of these courses are offered every academic year. The list of “whipped cream courses,” especially, is drawn from courses offered over a longer period of time. The idea, then, is to use the list to identify the available courses that would be fine additions to your corporate, commercial, and business training; the list is not intended as a definitive upperclass curriculum.