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LLM Business Law Concentration

The Business Law Concentration for LLM has been created to provide a relevant degree focus in this area and help for a better professional branding in future pursuits of the students. 
The coursework is similar to the Corporate Law Concentration for JD students but is adjusted to reflect the shorter duration of study and the fact that LL.M. students are not required to take the 1L courses. LL.M. students can complete the degree in 24 credit hours. Two three-credit classes are standard LL.M. requirements: Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. Students and U.S. Legal System. The concentration would add three additional required courses. Furthermore, a student would have to take at least one additional course from the business law curriculum elective list below (“elective”). The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs has the authority to waive the elective requirement or allow a course not listed below to satisfy the requirement. Students should be aware that many of these courses are taught only one time each year, and some courses may not be offered every year. 
Required Courses: Contracts, Business Associations, and International Business Transactions 
(Sales may substitute for International Business Transactions). 
Elective Courses (each student must take at least one course from this list or receive a waiver from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs):
  • Advanced Legal Drafting
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Basics
  • Corporate Tax II
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Transactions – Deal Sheet to Close
  • Corporations II
  • Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic
  • Immigration Law & Policy: Understanding Contemporary Issues in the US
  • Individual Research Project (as approved by the Associate Dean)
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Tax
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Legal Drafting, Introduction to
  • Legal Drafting for LLM Students
  • Negotiations
  • Patent Law
  • Payment Systems
  • Practical Applications of Immigration Law: Business Immigration Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Startups, Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
We recommend that LL.M. students pursuing this concentration area consider applying for a legal externship in a law office and/or participating in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Some externships may be better suited for certain students than others. The Director or Assistant Dean in charge of the LL.M program and our staff will advise students on which externships would be suitable for them. The application process for many of these placements is highly competitive, and as such they are not guaranteed. 
Representative Business Law Externships:
  • D.E. Foxx & Associates, Inc. - General Counsel’s Office
  • AK Steel Corporation – Legal Department
  • Contech Engineered Solutions – Office of General Counsel
  • General Cable Corporation – Legal Department
  • Great American Insurance Group – Legal Department
  • Tire Discounters – General Counsel’s Office
  • General Counsels’ Offices for cities and municipalities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Other Cincinnati Fortune 100 companies