- Basic Skills Law and Business Courses
- Enhanced Core Business Law Courses
- Short Courses
- Sample Course Schedule
- J.D.-MBA Program
- Frequently Asked Questions
Each semester Virginia offers a combined Accounting and Corporate Finance course taught by professors from Virginia’s business schools. The course provides a foundation in the language and skills of business finance and strategy.
Accounting: Understanding & Analyzing
Accounting is the primary language that businesses use to communicate their operations and results to investors, regulators, and other interested parties. Business lawyers routinely use accounting concepts in negotiations, contract drafting, and regulatory filings. This course provides essential training in basic accounting concepts.
Businesses constantly confront the question of value — what is this factory, patent, or potential merger partner worth? Lawyers who understand the language and analytical techniques of finance can communicate much more effectively with their clients than those who don’t. This course, which is similar to the core finance courses taught in MBA programs, teaches students to understand and quantify the sources of value.
After taking Accounting and Corporate Finance, students move on to the second step: the core business law courses, including Corporations, Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions, all taught in an innovative format that focuses on both the business and legal problems that businesses and their lawyers must solve. The most enduring way to learn a new skill is to put it immediately to use. These courses enable students to practice the skills they have learned within a realistic business context.
This is the core business law course, covering the basics of corporate organization and governance. The course explores the legal rules regulating the multiple relationships among corporate managers and directors, investors, employees, and other parties who interact with a business. Throughout, we consider the business context in which the legal issues arise.
This course focuses on the reorganization of financially distressed firms under the Bankruptcy Code. Compared to traditional bankruptcy courses, the emphasis is less on bankruptcy case law and more on the economic fundamentals of financial deal-making and restructuring.
When a bank lends an individual money to buy a house or car, the bank typically takes a security interest, allowing the bank to take possession of the house or car if the borrower doesn’t pay. The same is true for business loans, and the law of secured financing is of critical importance to lawyers representing businesses. This course examines the legal and financial aspects of secured lending.
Civil Procedure* (4 credits)
Criminal Law* (3)
Legal Writing* (1)
Constitutional Law* (4)
Legal Writing* (1)
Corporate Finance** (2)
* REQUIRED first-year curriculum
** REQUIRED (unless studied elsewhere) for core classes
Federal Income Tax (4)
Negotiation Institute (1)
Securities Regulations (3)
Secured Transactions (3)
Corporate Tax (3)
European Union Business Law (1)
Agency and Partnership (3)
Law and Economics (3)
Mergers and Acquisitions (3)
Franchise Law (2)
Copyright Law (3)
International Banking Transactions (1)
Internet Law (3)
Law and Technology Policy (1)
NOTE: students interested in a general overview of these classes but not planning to practice transactional law (and not interested in taking finance or accounting) can take introductory-level Corporations, Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions.