Overview of the Program

For UCLA School of Law students who want to practice business law, the Business Law and Policy Specializations combine instruction in relevant substantive law with in-depth skills training in drafting, deal structure, negotiation and legal analysis informed by a thorough understanding of the business client’s goals and the obstacles to their attainment. The Business Law and Policy Specializations are suitable for students interested in practicing transactional law as well as those students who desire to become business litigators. Students may choose from two specializations: Business Law (with recommended tracks for Bankruptcy and Corporate Law) and Taxation.

A successful business lawyer counsels clients on transactional structure, negotiates transactions, and advises on post transaction issues such as enforcement and termination. To do so effectively, a lawyer must understand the business purposes of the transactions in which they are involved. The Business Law and Policy Specializations give young lawyers a head start by providing them with a broad perspective on the relevant legal and business issues.

Students in the Business Law and Policy Specializations choose from among approximately 70 courses and seminars. Students begin with foundational courses, and then select from recommended specialized courses, and courses that provide further depth in a variety of areas. Students have the opportunity to take an intensive transactional skills course as the capstone of their business law education. These advanced courses help prepare students to enter into business law practice with a broad exposure to the relevant interconnected bodies of substantive law, and an understanding of how successful business lawyers practice their profession.