Academic Programs

Transactional Practice Concentration Requirements

Students electing to pursue the Transactional Practice Concentration must complete an online Intent to Concentrate Form (also available in the Registrar's Office). After graduation, students who have completed the concentration requirements will receive a certificate reflecting such completion, signed by the dean of the law school and the director of the Transactional Law Program.

To complete the Transactional Practice Concentration requirements, students must take courses as specified below from three categories: (i) required core doctrinal/business courses; (ii) doctrinal/business electives; and (iii) transactional practice, analytical and problem-solving skills courses.

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Core Doctrinal/Business Courses

Students must take the following four courses:

  • Corporations (JD 816)
  • Introduction to Federal Income Taxation (JD 889)
  • Corporate Finance (JD 985) OR Financial Management (GSM-FE 722) OR Corporate Financial Management (GSM-FE 820)*
  • Financial Reporting for Lawyers (JD 872) OR Financial Reporting and Control (GSM-AC 711)*

*A waiver is available at the discretion of the director of the Transactional Law Program if previously taken. Please note that you may need the permission of the professor and the Graduate School of Management to take the above-referenced GSM courses.

Doctrinal/Business Electives

Students must take at least two of the Doctrinal/Business Electives listed below.

  • Antitrust Law (JD 838)
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights (JD 803)
  • Business Law: Secured Financing Transactions (JD 805)
  • Intellectual Property (JD 857)
  • International Business Transactions (JD 842)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (JD 988)
  • Mutual Funds (Investment Companies) (JD 852)
  • Partnership Tax I and II (TX 930 & TX 940)
  • Securities Regulation (JD 883)
  • Shareholder Activism (JD 928)
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (JD 887)

Transactional Practice, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills Courses*

The following course is required:

  • Contract Drafting (JD 788)

Students must also take two courses from the list below. Commencing with the Class of 2017, and for subsequent classes, one of these courses must be a Transaction Simulation:

  • Bankruptcy Practice: Chapter 11 Reorganization and Sales of Businesses (JD 794)
  • Health Care Transactions (JD 998)
  • International Business Agreements: Negotiating, Structuring, and Drafting (JD 959)
  • Representing Life Sciences Companies: Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (JD 907)
  • Negotiated Mergers & Acquisitions (JD 919)
  • Negotiation (JD 921)
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions (JD 931)
  • Transaction Simulation: Sale of a Family Business and Related Real Estate (JD 772)
  • Transaction Simulation: Auction and Sale of a Private Company (JD 773)
  • Transaction Simulation: International Business Collaboration (JD 783)

 

*Note: The Transactional Practice, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills courses are open to all 2Ls and 3Ls, but students in the Transactional Practice Concentration will generally have priority with respect to a Transaction Simulation course that they rank at or near the top of their course selections. Also, no student, whether or not in the Transactional Practice Concentration, may take more than one Transaction Simulation course during the student’s time at BU Law, and LL.M. students are generally eligible only for the International Business Collaboration Transaction Simulation. Subject to the foregoing, the Transactional Practice, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills courses, and other courses in the Transactional Practice Concentration, are generally open to LL.M. candidates, except that Contract Drafting is offered in separate sections in the spring semester exclusively for LL.M. students.

J.D. candidates receiving a 3.5 grade point average in courses that satisfy the above requirements will be certified as earning honors in the concentration. Please note that, consistent with our Academic Regulations, only BU Law courses will be included when calculating the law school grade point average and when determining if the student has attained a 3.5 average. All BU Law courses and seminars taken that could be applied toward the concentration will be included in determining honors, unless, by the end of the applicable add/drop period, a student designates in writing that he/she does not want a course/seminar taken that semester to count towards the concentration. This "opt-out" provision does not apply to courses/seminars that are required for the concentration. Also, all BU Law courses taken that could be applied to the concentration will be factored in when determining honors.

Students who wish to take courses not listed above in satisfaction of any of the above requirements may do so with the approval of the faculty concentration advisor. The concentration advisor will report any substitutions or waivers to the associate dean and to the chair of the J.D. Program Committee.

To ensure maximum flexibility for students in their future career decisions, transcripts of students who elect the Transactional Practice Concentration will not reflect the concentration. Rather, the School of Law Registrar's Office will record completion of the concentration and, if applicable, honors in the concentration. Also, as noted above, after graduation, students who have completed the concentration requirements will receive a certificate reflecting such completion and concentration honors, if applicable, signed by the dean of the law school and the director of the Transactional Law Program.