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Corporate attorneys are often portrayed as deal breakers instead of deal makers, characterized as only telling their clients what they cannot do. We have a different approach. Our future lawyers learn to truly listen and understand the needs and main goals of the client, and then to find ways to make them happen. The focus is risk mitigation, not elimination.

This Business Law emphasis at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is designed to expose students to the subject areas they will need if they are to advise clients on the many issues that arise in the business world. Students will get a mix of doctrinal and experiential courses that help them understand and come up with solutions to problems that businesses often face.

To be an effective transactional attorney, one needs a solid foundation in a variety of commercial law topics as well as securities law, tax, and employment law. Client communications and strategic thinking are also key components for success.

Program Overview

The Business Law emphasis offers students the opportunity to develop critical insights into the complex frameworks and legal structures functioning inside today’s businesses. Additionally, students will learn how to advise companies and their leaders regarding regulatory issues, strategic decision making, and profit maximization. Not only does the program offer an array of classes touching on all aspects of a business, but students may also gain invaluable experience by participating in an externship or work opportunity with entities ranging from major law firms and publicly traded corporations to federal and state regulatory agencies.

We offer a variety of doctrinal and experiential classes that focus on business and transactional issues. These courses will prepare students to advise businesses of all levels and sizes, from established multinational corporations to companies just getting off the ground.

Clinical Opportunities

The Innovation Advancement Program (IAP) pairs inventors, technology entrepreneurs, tech transfer professionals, and emerging technology companies with some of ASU’s brightest law students. Teams of two or three law students undertake a wide array of legal services that help early-stage ventures solidify their legal foundations, avoiding many of the mistakes and pitfalls often made when moving technology into the marketplace. Students are able to tap expertise from seasoned professionals at local law firms.

Externships

ASU Law offers a variety of externships through which students can gain practical experience in commercial and corporate settings. The organizations and agencies include:

  • Arizona Corporation Commission
  • Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
  • ASU Office of General Counsel
  • City of Mesa
  • City of Scottsdale
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Scottsdale Unified School District
  • Scottsdale Unified School District, Office of General Counsel
  • United States Attorney, District of Arizona, Civil Division
  • United States Bankruptcy Court

Student Organizations

In addition to the many academic experiences offered, students are encouraged to join the Corporate and Business Law Society (CABLS), a student-run organization that hosts multiple networking events each semester, alongside educational lunches that are often sponsored by well-respected practitioners from around the valley. Furthermore, JD candidates in their second or third year may apply to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, an annual international moot court arbitration held in Hong Kong and Vienna.

Coursework

ASU Law offers a variety of courses to help prepare students for a career in commercial and corporate law.

Sample Doctrinal Courses

  • Antitrust
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Entities Tax
  • Business Immigration
  • Business Organizations
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • International Contracts
  • Law, Accounting, and Finance
  • Private Property Rights
  • Real Estate and Business Valuation
  • Sales and Leases of Goods
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • State and Local Taxation

Sample Experiential Classes

  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Negotiation
  • Transaction Practice Readiness: Finance
  • Transaction Practice Readiness: Real Estate

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Questions

Please contact BusinessLaw@asu.edu, 480-965-1474