Draft contracts, negotiate deals, and counsel clients.

Today, firms expect new legal hires to contribute high quality, cost effective services from day one. The principal goal of our Transactional Law Program is to give our students a basic foundation of transactional practice skills they will need as they enter legal practice.

Develop skills in contract drafting and analysis, negotiation, client counseling, and deal making. Learn from seasoned transactional practitioners through intensive, hands-on training and practice. Acquire key practice skills that will help you stand out as you compete in the legal marketplace.

You may take a few of these skills courses as part of a well-rounded JD or LLM curriculum. Or, as a JD student, you may want to earn a concentration in transactional practice by fulfilling the core business, elective, and skills courses requirements.

The BU Law School Transactional Law Program complements the School’s excellent business and finance doctrinal course offerings. Sample courses include:

3 credits

This seminar will examine Chapter 11 from the point of view of attorneys for all participants in the process. It is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the uses of Chapter 11, the parties involved in a Chapter 11 proceeding, the substantive law governing Chapter 11 and the Plan of Reorganization process. This seminar will explore the increasing use of Chapter 11 as a vehicle to accomplish the sale of insolvent businesses, the "cram down" of creditors to accomplish confirmation of Plans of Reorganization, executory contracts including those dealing with real estate, equipment and intellectual property and alternatives to Chapter 11. Also to be considered are the impact of changes in judicial, legislative and societal attitudes on the restructuring process. The material will consist of important cases and articles on the subjects to be discussed. Grades will depend primarily on one (1) research paper which will be required of each student. Grades will be adjusted to account for class participation. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Professional Skills requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

3 credits

This course is the foundational skills course within the Transactional Law Program. It teaches students basic principles and skills of drafting and analyzing commercial and transaction agreements, with a focus on recognizing, and addressing through contractual provisions, key business issues in transactions. Although the course will be of particular interest to students interested in a corporate or transactional law practice, since most practicing attorneys will need to work with contracts at some point in their career, the concepts and skills which the course conveys are applicable to virtually all practice areas and specialties. While the course utilizes lectures to introduce various contract concepts and techniques essential for drafting and reviewing commercial and transaction agreements, it requires that students complete in-class exercises and extensive homework assignments as a means of building basic drafting skills and a solid understanding of the structure and operation of contractual provisions in a business transaction. Grades will be based on the graded assignments, good faith completion of ungraded assignments, and class participation. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 students. NOTE: This class satisfies the upper-class Professional Skills requirement and counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list for a section are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 A1 , Sep 11th to Dec 4th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Jonathan Guest LAW 702
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 B1 , Sep 11th to Dec 4th 2017
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Emmy Hessler LAW 419
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 C1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
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Wed 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Thomas P. Harrison LAW 519
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 D1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Carla Moynihan LAW 518
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 E1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Young M. Park LAW 416
FALL 2017: LAW JD 788 F1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
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Thu 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Robert M. Schlein LAW 519
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 A2 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
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Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Carla Moynihan LAW 518
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 B2 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
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Tue 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 John F. Cohan LAW 518
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 C2 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Neal S. Winneg LAW 513
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 788 D2 , Jan 18th to Apr 19th 2018
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Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Cecily Banks LAW 519

3 credits

This course covers the foundations of corporate finance. It starts with the concepts of time value of money, discounting, and present value. With that background it then considers the major financial decisions made by corporate managers. Topics include the valuation of financial assets and liabilities, criteria for making investment decisions, business valuation, relationships between risk and return, portfolio theory, market efficiency, capital structure choice, and cost of capital. GRADING NOTICE: Professor Sims' section will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 985 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
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Mon,Wed 9:00 am 10:30 am 3 Theodore S. Sims LAW 212
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 985 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
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Mon,Wed 2:10 pm 3:40 pm 3 Kathryn Griner LAW 101

3 credits

Partners, associates and general counsel from leading firms will discuss the deals they were personally involved in. After an introduction to joint venture theory and the regulatory context of health care, everyone in the class examines 2 transactions: a physician recruiting agreement and an ambulatory surgery center JV. The remainder of the course will involve 5 -- 6 complex health care transactions, using actual documents from recent deals. The transactions run the gamut from hospital M&A to biotech licenses. For the transaction you select, you will work in teams to analyze the deal, and will present your conclusions to the lawyers who closed it. Your final project will be a negotiation or drafting assignment drawn from class materials. PREREQUISITES: The course does not have pre-requisites, but Corporations and Health Care are suggested; if you select the biotech transactions, IP and FDA are suggested. NOTES: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 998 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
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Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Dianne McCarthyMichael Lampert LAW 416

3 credits

This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the law--domestic, foreign, and international--governing international business transactions. With the significant growth in international commerce and trade, and the forces of economic and social globalization, lawyers will increasingly confront international legal issues during their professional careers. This course will focus on the legal problems encountered in business ventures that cross national borders. Topics include formation of contracts, choice of law, financing the international sale of goods through letters of credit, regulation of international trade, the organizations and operations of the institutions of the World Trade Organization, foreign investment, international dispute settlement, and international transfer of intellectual property. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 842 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
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Tue,Thu 2:10 pm 3:35 pm 3 Rebecca Ingber LAW 414

3 credits

This course will cover the principal legal, tax and business issues of mergers and acquisitions. PREREQUISITE: Corporations or permission of instructor.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 988 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
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Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:25 pm 3 Stephen G. Marks LAW 605
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 988 B1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
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Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:30 pm 3 Margaret Brown LAW 418

4 credits

This course offers an introduction to federal securities regulation under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We will examine how the securities laws shape the process by which companies raise capital through IPOs, public offerings, and private placements. We will also focus on the mandatory disclosure regime for publicly traded companies and the related topics of securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and shareholder voting. We will study core concepts such as the definition of a security and materiality. Finally, we will spend significant time examining the role of the SEC and private shareholder litigation in policing the securities laws. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: Business Fundamentals is a prerequisite; Corporations is a corequisite. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 883 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
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Tue,Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 4 David H. Webber LAW 414

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transaction Simulation Requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction is the auction and sale of a privately-held company in the single-cup coffee brewing industry. The course exposes students to the primary tasks undertaken by both junior and more senior attorneys in a private company auction and sale, and in doing so builds skills students will need as they enter transactional practice. Students will perform analytical, drafting and other legal tasks during each stage of the transaction from inception through closing, including revising and negotiating final terms of a merger agreement for the proposed transaction and preparing the related disclosure schedules. Much of the course work will be done in teams representing the company being sold or a potential purchaser of that company. The course grade will be based on drafting assignments, contributions to team efforts such as in-class presentations and negotiation sessions, and individual class participation. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITE: Contract Drafting. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement and counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. The class will also satisfy the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 773 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
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Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Kent A. CoitAlan MacEwan LAW 418

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program. The simulated transaction is the formation and initial financing of a privately-held company in the software industry. The transaction will expose students to the principal issues in counseling entrepreneurs as to their emerging businesses, including key elements such as entity creation, duties of management and control among owners, equity compensation, intellectual property protection, capital raising through preferred stock financing, and financing-related contracts based on industry-standard models. Through in-class discussions and graded homework assignments, students will simulate the work of practicing attorneys (both junior and senior) who counsel start-ups and their founders on a day-to-day basis. The course grade will be based on three drafting homework assignments, contributions in class, and a group project focused on a self-selected current topic. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. PREREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement and counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. The class will also satisfy the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 789 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
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Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Daniel P. WhiteJay Sullivan LAW 203

3 credits

This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School's Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transactional Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction involves two companies, one a large U.S.-based pharmaceutical company, and the other an African company majority owned by the government. The two companies are interested in working together to produce and commercialize a plant-based product which may be effective in treating, and possibly even preventing, arthritis. The pharmaceutical company has developed and patented a process to extract the active ingredient from the plant which is available in ample supply from the African company. The form of their collaboration could be a joint venture, a licensing agreement or a long term supply contract. For much of the course, the class will be divided into two teams, with each team representing one of the parties to the potential transaction. Negotiations between the two teams will take place through written exchanges and real-time negotiation. The course provides students with an opportunity to gain insight into the dynamics of negotiating and structuring business transactions, to learn about the role that lawyers, law and business play in these negotiations, and to develop experience in drafting communications and actual negotiations. Students will also learn about the legal and business issues that may arise in joint ventures, supply agreements and licensing agreements, particularly in an international transaction. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students (6 JD and 6 LLM). PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE: Corporations. NOTES: This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement and counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. The class will also satisfy the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class and does not obtain permission to be absent from either the Instructor or the Registrar will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list for the class are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 783 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 19th 2018
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Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Stephen J. DoyleClaudia J. Gilman LAW 418