Having mastered the foundational business and legal knowledge necessary to become a successful practicing lawyer, students can take advantage of the third phase of the Law & Business curriculum: a rich, diverse series of intensive courses that put legal and business analysis into practical, real-world settings. These courses are typically limited to 20 students and are taught over a two-week period by distinguished business executives or lawyers. These intensive courses offer a chance to interact with senior partners and clients, review documents from real-world transactions, and work in teams to negotiate, draft and analyze sophisticated transactions. They reinforce the importance of understanding clients' business objectives. Whereas conventional legal instruction tends to produce cautious lawyers inclined to say "no," these courses help teach students how to use the law to find constructive solutions to business problems.
Examples of past and current intensive courses include:
Advising the Board of Directors in a Mergers and Acquisitions World, taught by Myron T. Steele '70, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware
Corporate Strategy and Leadership and team management, taught by Jim Donovan, managing director of Goldman Sachs
energy and environmental products trading and commodities regulation, taught by Athena Velie Eastwood, special counsel to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Energy Businesses and Transactions, taught by Thomas Denison ’86, managing partner of RNS Capital Partners, a closely held private equity firm with portfolio companies in technology, energy and service businesses
Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients, taught by Michael Ross ’77, former general counsel and executive officer of Safeway, a Fortune 100 Company
Finance of Small Enterprises, taught by Richard Crawford '74, chairman of the board, Virginia Investment Capital Group Inc.
International Banking Transactions, taught by Christof Fritzen, former managing director, Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, Germany
Responses to the Financial Crisis, taught by Ned Kelly '81, chairman of Global Banking and a vice chairman of Citigroup Inc.
Start-up of a Medtech Company, taught by Weaver Gaines ’68, founder and now chairman of Ixion Biotechnology, Inc.
Trade Secrets: History, Theory and Practice, taught by Todd Sloan '72, of counsel at Hill, Farrer & Burill
White Collar Crime, taught by William T. McGough ’78, partner and former head of the Litigation Department, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh