Course Descriptions

Summer 2013 LLM in Business and Corporate Law Class Descriptions

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Business Planning (Hon. David Laro)

3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB)
Prerequisite(s): Corporations, Tax I

This course combines advance work in corporations, securities and tax law using a problem approach in the context of business planning and counseling. Several problem situations involving common business transactions are examined extensively. Some of the problems considered may include: (i) determining the proper choice of business entity and jurisdiction; (ii) incorporating a sole proprietorship, partnership or professional practice; (iii) buying and selling a business; (iv) raising private capital for a new business venture; (v) planning for an initial public offering of securities; (vi) valuing a business and (vii) planning corporate turnarounds. Students will engage in simulations giving them practical experience in representing a business.. From time to time, students are required to submit memoranda on certain aspects of the problems under consideration. On occasion, students will work together in small groups, and at other times are responsible for individual work. Students will be expected to perform work similar to attorneys in private practice. The written work is in lieu of an examination.

Corporate Counsel Internship (Stacey Tyree)

1-3 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB)

The Corporate Counsel Internship Program consists of a work component and a class component. The Corporate Counsel Internship Program allows students to receive academic credit for working in the legal department of a corporation, company or other business entity. Students may also work in other departments of a corporation as long as they are supervised by a licensed attorney. The goal of the Program is to provide students with the opportunity to observe first-hand the operations of a corporate legal department and to gain an understanding of the legal issues addressed by corporate counsel. The student must not receive monetary compensation or any outside funding for or related to the work and must be supervised by an on-site lawyer. Students can secure their own internship placements or meet with the Internship Director or Career Services for guidance. Placements qualify for the Program only if the organization requires that a student receive academic credit as a condition of the internship. Organizations willing to pay students or to have them work on a volunteer basis do not qualify for the Program. After a placement is found, students must complete an Application Form to have their placement approved for the Program. Employers who participate in the Program must commit to the requirements of the Program. Students work a minimum of 60 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-3 credits. Students participate in primarily on-line class sessions involving small group discussions, prepare weekly summaries of their work and complete a writing assignment. If you have been accepted into an internship placement and want to apply for the internship course, fill out the Corporate Counsel application. If you have any other questions, email Lizzette Herrera Castellanos or call (619) 260-2342. The internship is graded on a Pass-Fail basis.

Note: There are limitations on JD concentration eligibility. Please check the Intellectual Property Concentration web page for more information. Contact Law Student Affairs to find out if your work in this clinic qualifies for the concentration.
Additional Information:Intellectual Property Concentration, Email Law Student Affairs

International Business Transactions-London (John Matheson)

3 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB)

We study the important legal aspects of private transactions that involve parties, goods, services or capital crossing national borders, which are today encountered even in modestly-sized businesses that are largely local. The course starts with an introduction to the conduct of business in the international community, including the actors involved and the general forms of international business. We will then study three primary methods of doing business internationally: (1) International Trading of Goods, including sales agreements and letters of credit; (2) Transfers of Technology, primarily involving licensing and franchising of intellectual property; and (3) Direct Investment in Foreign Countries, including the choice of business form, operational issues and termination of foreign investments. The course then addresses selected issues that arise in the resolution of international business disputes, including choice of law and forum, jurisdiction and enforcement of foreign judgments. The final exam will be held on 8/2/2013. (Program dates: July 1-August 3, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 9:00-10:35am

International Contracts-Barcelona (Michael B. Kelly)

2 credit(s)
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB)

This course examines the legal aspects of contracts for the international sale of goods. Topics may include contract formation; choice of forum and choice of law; warranties; risk of loss; excuse; letters of credit; and the settlement of international business disputes, including the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Emphasis will be placed on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The final exam will be held on 6/20/13. (Program dates: May 27-June 21, 2013)

Note: Class meets M,T,W,TH & F - 11:10 - 12:40pm

Negotiation (Dennis L. Sharp)

2 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB)

This class is about negotiation and dispute resolution: how not to lose when thinking win-win. Many negotiators fail to maximize their outcomes because they either take extreme, unyielding positions or because they look for an optimal ‘win-win' solution and in the process give their counterpart value that they could capture themselves. This course focuses on the strategy behind dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration) and speaks in a practical way about how to use that strategy to maximize what can be achieved in those situations. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, class discussions and guest speakers, the class will explore the different methods of dispute resolution, and how to maximize your outcome in each. The first part of the course highlights the difference between the different types of dispute resolution. We'll then focus on game theory and its role in negotiation. We'll then focus on how to maximize the potential overall value of the outcome to all parties in a dispute… and subsequently how to capture a disproportionate share. Grade determined by weekly assignments, class participation and a take home final examination. This class will be graded on the four-tier pass/fail grading system.

Note: Students may only elect this course or Alternative Dispute Resolution to count towards the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).

Negotiation (Gregg Relyea)

2 credit(s)
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB)

Effective negotiation skills are essential to the successful practice of law. Most legal disputes are resolved through direct negotiation. This course will teach students effective communication techniques and negotiation strategies in a workshop style setting. The course will introduce students to different types of bargaining, different approaches to bargaining, specialized communication techniques used by effective negotiators, and techniques for overcoming negotiating impasses. Negotiation practices will be taught using both lecture and experiential methods (interactive exercise, role play exercises). This course will be practical in its orientation, with an emphasis on prevailing negotiation techniques and strategies customarily used by practicing lawyers. Due to the participatory nature of the course, enrollment will be limited. Grades will be based on a written final examination, homework assignments, and class participation. The course is graded on a 4-tier Pass/Fail basis.
Note: Students may only elect this course or Alternative Dispute Resolution to count towards the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).

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