OVERVIEW

Students may pursue a Concentration certificate in one of two areas:

(i) Business Law, OR

(ii) Business Law and Financial Services.

Concentration students pursuing the certificate in Business Law must complete twenty-two (22) credits in Concentration courses, broken down to fourteen (14) credits in Core courses, two (2) credits in Practicum courses and six (6) credits Elective courses.

Concentration students pursuing the certificate in Business Law and Financial Services, must complete twenty three (23) credits in Concentration courses, broken down to fourteen (14) credits in Core courses, two (2) credits in Practicum courses and seven (7) credits Elective courses.  Students who opt to receive the certificate in Business Law and Financial Services must tailor their elective courses to include Banking Law and at least two (2) other specific elective courses, as described below.  Specific elective courses required of students who opt to receive the Business Law and Financial Services certificate are noted at the end of this section.

For complete course descriptions, please consult the Elective Courses section of the Suffolk University Law School.  Please note that not all courses are offered each semester and plan accordingly.

 

A. Core Courses


13 - 14 credits
All of the following four (4) courses are required of all Concentration students
Basic Federal Income Tax 4 credits
Business Entity Fundamentals 4 credits
Securities Regulation 3 credits

Transactional Skills and Contract Drafting

or

Intellectual Property Transactional Skills

3 credits

 

2 credits

B.  Business Practicum Courses and Externships

at least 2 credits
Students must also take one (1) of the business practicum courses listed below or, alternatively, complete a for-credit externship with a business or financial placement pre-approved by the Concentration Faculty Director. Students who opt to complete more than one (1) course from this list may count the additional course(s) as a Concentration elective(s). Externships for the concentration must relate to business law or financial services and eligible externships will be determined by the Concentration Director.  All eligible externships must be accompanied by a corresponding classroom component. The classroom component may be satisfied by enrollment in either Legal Process and Practice or in an approved business law or financial services elective course. Students will not receive Concentration credit for their enrollment in Legal Process and Practice. Students who seek to satisfy the classroom component in conjunction with a financial services elective must be supervised in their externship by the full time resident course professor, including meeting with the professor on a regular basis, submitting externship time logs and journals, completing other assignments, and generally complying with the requirements applicable to externships taken in conjunction with a course.
Business of Practice: Hitting the Ground Running 2 credits
Business Planning:Formation 2 credits
Commercial Lending and Finance Practicum 2 credits
Compliance Practice Seminar 2 credits
Intellectual Property Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic 4 credits
Externship in a Business law or Financial Services placement up to 3 credits
Negotiating Business Transactions - Simulation 2 credits
Negotiation 2 credits
Private Placements and Venture Capital Practicum 2 credits
Securities Law Moot Court Team 2 credits

C.  Elective Course Requirements:

 
Business Law 6 credits
Business Law & Financial Services 7 credits
Students who opt to receive the Concentration certificate in Business Law may choose, in their own discretion, among the following courses to complete the elective course component of the Concentration. Special Requirements for students who opt to receive the Concentration certificate in Business Law and Financial Services are noted immediately following this elective course list.
Advanced Partnership Taxation 2 credits
Antitrust 3 credits
Banking Law 3 credits
Bankruptcy 2 credits
Bankruptcy Moot Court Team 2 credits
Bankruptcy Reorganizations 2 credits
Biotech & Life Science Startups 3 credits
Business Law or Financial Services externships (placement requires pre-approval by Administrative Director and a Faculty Director) 2 or 3 credits
Business Law or Financial Services Thesis(topic requires pre-approval by Administrative Director and a Faculty Director) 2 credits
Business Planning: Formation 3 credits
Commercial Law Sales and Leases 3 credits
Commercial Law Survey 4 credits
Commercial Lending and Finance Practicum 2 credits
Commercial Paper and Payment Systems 3 credits
Consumer Law 2 credits
Corporate Finance 3 credits
Corporate Taxation 3 credits
Directed Study (topic requires pre-approval by Administrative Director and a Faculty Director) 2 credits
Emerging Issues in Law, Information Technology and Transnational Business 2 credits
Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and the Law 3 credits
ERISA and Retirement Plans 2 credits
Financial Accounting and Business Valuation 1 credit
International Business Transactions 3 credits
International Tax Law 3 credits
International Trade Law 3 credits
Investment Management Regulation 3 credits
Law and Economics 2 credits
Mergers and Acquisitions 4 credits
Partnership Taxation 3 credits
Private Placements and Venture Capital Practicum 2 credits
Secured Transactions 3 credits
Securities Law Moot Court Team 2 credits
Tax Law Moot Court Team 2 credits
Taxation of Intellectual Property 3 credits
Tax Practice and Procedure 2 credits
With the approval of the Concentration Faculty Director, other courses offered as part of the Law School’s Summer Sweden program, that are of a similar curricular character to other general Concentration electives, may be counted as Concentration electives.
Special Requirements for the Business Law and Financial Services Certificate.
Students who seek to receive the Concentration certificate in Business Law and Financial Services must take Banking Law and at least two (2) elective courses from the list of courses below as part of the seven (7) elective credits for the Concentration.
Banking Law 3 credits
And at least two (2) other courses among the following:
Commercial Lending and Finance Practicum 2 credits
Commercial Paper and Payment Systems 3 credits
Consumer Law 2 credits
ERISA and Retirement Plans 2 credits
Investment Management Regulation 3 credits

The Graduate Program at the Sawyer Business School

up to 6 credits
Students who are not participating in a dual degree program may opt to take a maximum of six (6) elective credits in the Graduate Program at the Sawyer Business School courses. The number of credits taken at the Graduate Program at the Sawyer Business School will reduce a student’s number of Law School elective credits. Students must take the Law School course, Accounting for Lawyers, or demonstrate equivalent accounting proficiency, prior to enrollment in any of the Graduate Program at the Sawyer Business School. Students who are participating in a dual degree program may not count any credits earned in the Graduate Program at the Sawyer Business School toward fulfillment of the Concentration’s elective course requirements. Students who are not enrolled in a dual degree program may use up to six (6) credits of courses from the Graduate Program at the Sawyer Business School courses, including MBA 650 – Value Based Financial Management, for Concentration credit. Other Graduate Program at the Sawyer Business School courses in Accounting and Finance, which generally fall within the coded ACCT and FIN course headings, are also acceptable, and may be approved for Concentration credit in the discretion of the Concentration Faculty Director. For a complete Sawyer Business School course catalog and current course schedules, please visit the Sawyer Business School at www.suffolk.edu/business/index.html.