Becoming a Business Lawyer
Colorado Law provides a robust curriculum in business law, tailored for aspiring deal lawyers in Boulder, Denver, and beyond. Boulder has a vibrant entrepreneurial community with many start-up and emerging companies. We place students in small law firms that serve small business and emerging companies, as well as in larger law firms who serve traditional larger corporate clients. In recent years, we have placed students in interesting and fulfilling in-house positions.
- Robust Curriculum. We offer basic courses in corporate law, tax, securities, negotiation, and contract drafting, as well as more advanced courses such as venture capital, the regulation of financial institutions, and securities litigation.
- A Focus on Deals. Our Deals course provides an introduction to becoming a transactional lawyer, with numerous case studies and real-world deal documents.
- Career Success. Colorado's thriving industries in energy, real estate, technology, health care, and asset management create jobs for transactional lawyers. The program's internships, externships, clinics, and networking opportunities help students jumpstart their careers.
- Curriculum. Colorado Law's business law curriculum prepares graduates for careers at law firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. Students receive a broad-based legal education in addition to specialized courses and practicum opportunities.
Colorado Law's nationally known faculty teach legal foundation courses, a wide variety of specialized electives, and clinics for practical experience.
- Dean Philip Weiser has worked to fortify Colorado Law's strength in telecommunications and technology law, establishing the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Prior to academia, Professor Weiser served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Professor Brad Bernthal leads the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and Technology Law & Policy Clinic. He also leads the Entrepreneurship Initiative for the Silicon Flatirons Center. Professor Bernthal's research focuses on the areas of spectrum and public safety communications policy.
- Professor Erik Gerding specializes in securities and banking.
- Professor Ted Fiflis is an expert in securities law and accounting, and the author of the widely used casebook, Accounting Issues For Lawyers.
- Professor Peter Huang is a prolific scholar with publications that apply research from economics, finance, judgment and decision making, marketing, neuroscience, and cognitive and social psychology to analyze legal rules and institutions.
- Professor Mark Loewenstein's research centers on business associations and securities law, with a particular interest in corporate governance.
- Professor Wayne Gazur's research efforts are concentrated in the area of taxation, alternatives to the individual income tax, and estate and business planning.
- Professor Amy Schmitz's research focuses on analysis and enforcement of contractual promises to participate in private dispute resolution processes.
- Professor Scott Peppet is interested in the ways in which technological change is changing contracts, particularly how identity-related technologies are likely to impact markets in the future.
- Professor Andrew Schwartz attended Columbia Law School, where he assisted the late Professor E. Allan Farnsworth on his Farnsworth on Contracts treatise.
The Entrepreneurial Law Certificate coordinates Colorado Law's strengths and business-law related assets in the areas of entrepreneurial and technology law, such as the Silicon Flatirons Center, the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, and the Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law. It is awarded to law students who complete coursework reflecting a concentrated study of issues typically faced by transaction-side lawyers, and signals to prospective employers that a student possesses a skill set with applicability across issues of transactional law.
Certificate requirements include: 1) at least 92 credit hours (89 is required for the J.D.), and 2) at least 21 of the 92 credit hours in the area of entrepreneurial law. Visit Rules of the Law School for complete details. Click here to fill out the online Entrepreneurial Law Certificate application.
- One of: Corporations or Agency
- One of: Venture Capital or Deals
- One of: Entrepreneurial Law Clinic or Externship
- One CU Leeds School of Business course: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, Business Planning
- One of: Patent Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition, Copyright, or Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
- One of: Corporate Taxation, Income Taxation, Survey of Business Enterprise Taxation, or Taxation of Conduit Entities
- Two or more of: Any section of a Deals Lab, Drafting, Legal Negotiation, or Advanced Legal Negotiation