4.19 Master of Laws in Business

  •  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: 

      

     F inance/Corporate Governance                              Small Business                                                         Regulatory 
    Antitrust Entrepreneurship Law Antitrust
    Mergers & Acquisitions Consumer Law Energy
    Real Estate Finance International Sales Environmental
    Corporate Counsel Consumer Bankruptcy Hazardous Waste
    Securities Regulation Business Bankruptcy Immigration Law
    Corporate Taxation Accounting Problems for Lawyers Environmental Practicum
    International Taxation I and II Limited Liability Companies Health Law
    Business Bankruptcy Partnership Taxation Insurance Law
    International Sales    
         
    Dispute Resolution  Labor and Employment  Intellectual Property 
    Mediation Employment Law Intellectual Property
    Negotiation     Labor Arbitration Computer Law
    Arbitration* Employment Discrimination Patent Law
    Dispute Resolution Labor Law Copyright Law
    DR in the Healthcare Industry* Mediating Workplace Conflicts  
    DR in Domestic Law*    
    DR/Selected Regulatory Issues*    
    DR Systems Development*    
    DR Practicum*    
    Mediating Workplace Conflicts    


    *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.
     

  • 4.19.02 Changes in Required or Elective Courses

    The Graduate Council and Law Council reserve the right and do periodically change course requirements as well as add and delete courses. Students are required to meet the requirements in effect at the time they begin the LL.M. program, unless otherwise provided by the Graduate and/or Law Council. Students in the three and one-half year program begin the LL.M. program only when they have completed all of their J.D. requirements and are fully accepted into the program.