4.19.01 Requirements A student may earn an LL.M. in Business degree. This section does not attempt to set forth all requirements for earning the LL.M. in Business degree, but only those related to required and elective courses. For the general requirement related to the LL.M. in Business see Chapter 4.19 of the Manual of Policies and Procedures. A. The student must satisfy the following pre requisite courses: 1. Business Associations I and II or the equivalent (especially Corporations) 2. Secured Transactions or the equivalent (UCC Article 9) 3. Federal Personal Income Tax or equivalent (introductory federal tax course) If not taken prior to receiving the JD degree, the student must take them; the student, however, will receive no credit toward the LL.M in Business degree for taking these pre requisite courses. B. The student must take the following 12 credit hours of required courses, which may be satisfied if taken as a J.D. student: 1. Corporate Finance 3 credits 2. Taxation of Business Entities * 3 credits 3. Business Planning ** 2 credits 4. A policy perspective course relating to the business sector being studied by the student (2 or 3 cr.) (E.g. Tax and Professional Responsibility; Tax Policy, Law and Economics, or Corporate Governance) 5. The student must complete a substantial research paper of at least 30 pages, which is submitted for grade in one of the LL.M. courses or seminars. The student must receive a minimum grade of C on the paper. * If the student is unable to schedule the Taxation of Business Entities course, the student may petition the Program Director to take either Corporate Taxation or Partnership Taxation. ** With permission of the Program Director, a course more suited to the student’s area of concentration may be substituted for the Business Planning course. (E.G. If the area of study is Labor and Employment Law, the student may be permitted to substitute Labor Arbitration in place of Business Planning.) C. Additional Course Requirements and Concentration of Law Study 1. Students pursuing an LL.M. in Business must select one of the following areas of concentration: (1) Finance/Corporate Governance, (2) Small Business, (3) Regulatory, (4) Dispute Resolution, (5) Taxation, (6) Labor and Employment, and (7) Intellectual Property. Concentrations are based upon courses the Law School intends to offer for at least 3 years. However, the Law School reserves the right to add or delete concentrations and/or courses within these concentrations depending upon course availability, course enrollment, or additional course development. 2. The student must take at least 8 of their remaining credit hours from the list of courses provided within the selected concentration area. 3. Following is a list of the concentration areas and the courses:
*These courses are under development. Check with the Director of Graduate Programs or Office of Records and Registration to determine availability. 4. Students are expected to take the remaining number of credits (approximately 5-6 credits) needed to earn the LL.M. in Business degree (24 credits) from courses related to the students’ area of concentration. Course selections are subject to the approval of the Program Director if the selected courses are outside of the courses listed under each concentration. 5. Students also may enroll in courses (including approved seminars) not listed in subsections (C)(1) thru (C)(4), inclusive, totaling no more than four credit hours of course work, upon the approval of the program director after a showing by the student that the courses desired by the student are part of a coherent plan of the student with particular career objectives.
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