The Business Law Institute at the University of Mississippi School of Law offers a program of concentration in business law for students who seek to develop special expertise in business law during their law school careers. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, the concentration provides an edge for students who have demonstrated their commitment to and interest in business law. Upon completion of the requirements of the Business Law concentration, students will be awarded a Concentration evidencing completion and a notation on their official transcript. The concentration in Business Law is one of the many exciting opportunities offered to aspiring business lawyers by the Law School’s Business Law Institute.

Business Law Concentration Requirements

The requirements for the Business Law Concentration are as follows:

  • Complete at least 18 credit hours in Core Business Courses;
  • Complete at least an additional 9 credit hours in Elective Business Courses with at least 3 of those credit hours in a skills class;
  • Obtain a minimum 2.5 GPA in courses counted toward Concentration course requirements (minimum 3.2 GPA for Concentration with Honors); and
  • Receive a minimum grade of “C” in each course counted toward Concentration course requirements.[1]

In summary, the Concentration requires completion of at least 27 hours (inc. 3 skills hours) in business law classes with no grade lower than a “C” and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the Concentration courses.

The Core Business Courses are:

  1. Corporations
  2. Bankruptcy
  3. Secured Transactions
  4. Income Taxation of Individuals[2]
  5. (A) Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders OR (B) Partnership Tax
  6. (A) Intellectual Property OR (B) Corporate Finance OR (C) Securities Regulation OR (D) Essential Business Concepts

Thus, students are required to complete 12 hours by taking courses 1- 4 and the remaining 6 hours by taking course 5A or B and course 6A, B or C. The Associate Dean may, in consultation with business law faculty, make adjustments to the list of Core Business Courses.

Courses that would satisfy the Elective Business Courses requirement include the following courses plus any additional courses as determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

Antitrust Law 621 (2-3)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (2-3)
Banking Law 607 (2-3)
Bankruptcy 558 (3)
Bankruptcy Reorg. Seminar 622 (3)
Business Planning 629 (1-3)
Climate Law and Policy
Commercial Paper 694 (2-3)
Copyright Law 657 (3)
Deferred Compensation 660 (3)
Disability Law and Policy 717 (2-3)
Employee Benefits Law 728 (3)
Employer-Employee Relations 645 (3)
Employment Discrimination 640 (2-3)
Energy Law 746 (3)
Entertainment and Sports Law 647 (3)
Fed. Tax./Gratuitous Transfers 626 (2-3)
Gaming Law 661 (2-3)
Income Taxation II 702 (3)
Insurance 559 (2-3)
Intellectual Property 580 (2-3)
Internat’l Commercial Arbitration 722 (3)
International Finance 543 (3)
Internat’l Intellectual Property 732 (2-3)
International Law 620 (2-3)
International Trade 575 (2-3)
International Trade and Commercial
Labor Arbitration Law 624 (3)
Labor Law I 614 (3)
Labor Law II 617 (2-3)
Law and Economics 576 (2-3)
Legal Accounting 573 (1-3)
Mutual Fund & Hedge Fund Reg. (2-3)
Oil and Gas 609 (3)
Partnership Taxation 634 (1-3)
Tax Problems 623 (1-3)
Workers’ Compensation 618 (2-3)

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, with approval by the Curriculum and Practices Committee, is responsible for creating a final list and updating and revising that list on an ongoing basis as necessary.

At the beginning of the third year, a student, who intends to earn a Business Law Concentration, must submit an “Intent to Complete Business Law Concentration Form” to the Law Registrar.  At the time of the submission of the “Intent to Graduate Form,” the student must submit a “Statement of Completion of the Business Law Concentration Requirements” to the Law Registrar.  No Business Law Concentration will be award unless the student has completed the Business Law concentration requirements and properly submitted the above-referenced forms to the Law Registrar.

[1] In each case, the requirement would apply only to the courses necessary to obtain the Concentration. It would not apply, for example, to a business law course in addition to the minimum needed for the Concentration.

[2] Income Taxation of Individuals is not itself a “business” course, but is included because it is currently a prerequisite for the corporate and partnership tax classes.