Business Law Concentration

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 Business Law Concentration recognizes a student’s strong emphasis in the business law field. A student may be recognized for a Concentration in Business Law by satisfying the following requirements:

  • Successfully completing 6 Core Courses;
  • Successfully completing at least 3 Intensive Credit Hours;
  • Successfully obtaining at least 24 credit hours in Core Courses, Intensive courses and Other Eligible
  • All credits counted for the Concentration must be graded, and the student must obtain at least a 3.0 grade point average that includes grades for all credit hours counted toward satisfying each of the three requirements set forth

Due to scheduling constraints and prerequisites, students must plan carefully in order to complete the Concentration. For example, Income Taxation of Individuals, a Core Course, is a prerequisite for both Partnership Taxation and Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders, and a student must take at least one of the latter to complete the Concentration.

Core Courses, Intensive Credit Hours, and Other Eligible Courses are listed below. Each Core Course is offered at least one term each year (for each of Core Courses 5 and 6, at least one of the eligible courses is offered each year), but others listed below may not be offered every year. A list of the specific courses offered in any given term that may count toward the Business Law Concentration will be disseminated prior to enrollment for that term.

Core Courses

  1. Corporations 601
  2. Bankruptcy 558
  3. Secured Transactions 571
  4. Income Taxation of Individuals 613
  5. Either Partnership Tax 634 or Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders 633
  6. One of: Business Planning 629, Corporate Finance Law 606, Essential Business Concepts 670/672/672, Intellectual Property 580, Real Estate Transactions (SLT), or Securities Regulation 650

Intensive Credit Hours

  • Business Planning
  • Income Tax Clinic
  • Transactional Law Clinic

Any of the following provided that it has been approved by the designated faculty member for the Concentration prior to enrollment for the term in which the credits are earned:

  • Externship*
  • Individual Study
  • Writing class that satisfies the Upper Level Writing Requirement
  • Skills class

* Externship must be related to business law.

Other Eligible Courses

  • Antitrust Law 621 (2-3)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 651 (2-3)
  • Banking Law 607 (2-3)
  • Bankruptcy Reorganization Seminar 622 (3)
  • Business Planning 629 (1-3)
  • Climate Change and Policy 738 (3)
  • Clinics: Tax Clinic 768 (3)
  • Clinics: Transactional 725 (3)
  • Commercial Paper 694 (2-3)
  • Copyright Law 657 (3)
  • Corporate Finance Law 606 (3)
  • Deferred Compensation 660 (3)
  • Disability Law and Policy 717 (2-3)
  • Employee Benefits 728 (3)
  • Employer-Employee Relations 645 (3)
  • Employment Discrimination 640 (2-3)
  • Energy Law 746 (3)
  • Entertainment Law 709 (3)
  • Essential Business Concepts
  • Accounting 670 (1)
  • Analytic Methods 671 (1)
  • Capital Structure and Valuation 672 (1)
  • Federal Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers 626 (2-3)
  • Gaming Law 661 (2-3)
  • Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders 633 (3)
  • Income Tax II 702 (3)
  • Insurance 559 (2-3)
  • Intellectual Property 580 (2-3)
  • International Commercial Arbitration 722 (3)
  • International Finance 543 (3)
  • International Intellectual Property 732 (2-3)
  • International Law 620 (2-3)
  • International Trade 575 (2-3)
  • International Commercial Arbitration 722 (3)
  • Labor Law 614 (3)
  • Law and Economics 576 (2-3)
  • Legal Accounting 573 (1-3)
  • Oil and Gas 609 (2-3)
  • Partnership Taxation 634 (1-3)
  • Securities Regulation 650 (3)
  • Sports Law I (Intercollegiate Sports) 647 (3)
  • Sports Law II (Professional Sports) 755 (2-3)
  • Tax Problems 623 (1-3)
  • Workers’ Compensation 618 (2-3)

As appropriate, additional courses and Advanced/Special Legal Topics focusing on business law may be included in this category on a case-by-case basis upon approval by the designated faculty member and/or Senior Associate Dean.

Intent to Pursue Business Law Concentration (pdf)

Statement of Completion of Business Law Concentration (pdf)