The law school has compiled the following list of upper-level courses currently or recently offered to guide students interested in business and commercial law. Related clinics and/or externships are marked with an asterisk and grouped separately at the end of the list. The Law School offers the listed courses regularly, but some are not available every year. For guidance about which courses might best fit your particular needs, please consult the faculty members listed below.

  • Advanced Securities Regulations Seminar
  • Alternative Entities: Business Lawyer’s Guide to Formation, Fiduciary Duties & Governance
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Acquisitions
  • Business Negotiation Theory & Practice
  • Business Planning & Transaction Practice: Fundamentals of M&A Transactions
  • Chapter 11 Strategies for the Business Lawyer
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Regulatory Pitfalls in International Business Transactions
  • Corporate & White Collar Crime
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Finance, Planning & Drafting
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Corporations
  • Employee Benefits: ERISA & Tax
  • Entrepreneur Consulting Team: CeLect
  • Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic*
  • Financial Accounting for Lawyers
  • Financial Literacy & Basic Financial Concepts
  • Financial Regulations, Law & Policy
  • Information Privacy Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Taxation
  • Law & Economics
  • Law, Business & Governance
  • New York Regulatory & Business Externship*
  • Organization & Regulation of the Healthcare Enterprise
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Preparing Commercial Agreements
  • Private Equity Transactions
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Reorganization Seminar
  • Securities Law Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Securities Regulation
  • Seminar on Broker-Dealer Regulation
  • State Securities Regulation, Investigation & Examination
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Topics in Investment Banking Seminar
  • UCC: Article 2

Clinics & Externships

The Law School offers the following clinic and externship related to business and commercial law: New York Regulatory and Business Externship and the Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic.

Certificate Programs, Joint Degrees & LLM Programs

JD students interested in this area of the law may wish to apply for the Business and Corporate Law Certificate. Students can also go beyond the JD program and pursue the joint JD-MBA degree program affiliated with the university’s prestigious Olin School of Business. JD students may also pursue a joint JD/Tax LLM. LLM students enrolled in the LLM for International Lawyers program may wish to earn the LLM with Certificate in Business and Corporate Law.

Other Opportunities

Students interested in business and corporate law may participate in the CLE Entrepreneurial Consulting Team (CELect). CELect is a for-credit opportunity that allows students from across the University to work on research-oriented management consulting projects for high-growth St. Louis area startups.

The following full-time faculty teach in the area of business and commercial law.

Faculty and Staff Directory
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Scott Baker

Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development and William F. & Jessica L. Kirsch Professor of Law

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John N. Drobak

George Alexander Madill Professor of Real Property & Equity Jurisprudence; Professor of Economics; Director, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute

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Daniel Keating

Tyrrell Williams Professor of Law

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Rafael I. Pardo

Walter D. Coles Professor of Law

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Jonathan Smith

Associate Professor of Practice; Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic