- Dual Degrees and Certificates
- Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
- Business Law Association
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 relationship building opportunities help students jumpstart their careers.
- Campus Opportunities Outside of the Law School. Colorado Law students often engage with entrepreneurship programs offered across campus. The Deming Center Venture Fund (DCVF) provides an opportunity for law, engineering, and business graduate students to make angel investments into local companies. And the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is the world’s largest venture capital competition with over 70 universities competing.
- 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 foundational legal courses, a wide variety of specialized electives, and clinics for practical experience.
- Professor Amy Bauer offers courses in transactional drafting.
- Professor Brad Bernthal leads the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Entrepreneurship Initiative for Silicon Flatirons. Professor Bernthal's research focuses on the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital, spectrum and public safety communications policy.
- Professor Rabea Benhalim teaches secured transactions and her research focuses on the application of Islamic law in commercial contexts.
- Professor Alexia Brunet Marks’s teaching and research interests are centered on international business transactions, international trade law, and food law.
- Professor Erik Gerding specializes in securities law, business transactions and financial regulation.
- Professor Peter Huang teaches economic analysis and his scholarship focuses on legal rules and institutions, drawing on economics, judgment and decision making theory, neuroscience, and psychology.
- Professor Mark Loewenstein's teaching and research centers on business associations and securities law, with a particular interest in corporate governance.
- Professor Nadav Orian Peer teaches and writes in the areas of bankruptcy law and the regulation of financial institutions.
- Professor Andrew Schwartz teaches corporate law and mergers & acquisitions and writes in the areas of capital formation, corporate policy and related fields.
- Professor Sloan Speck teaches income tax, and corporate and partnership tax. His research is in tax law and policy.
The Entrepreneurial Law Certificate coordinates Colorado Law's strengths and business-law related assets in the areas of entrepreneurial and technology law, such as Silicon Flatirons, the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, and the Colorado Technology Law Journal. 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. Students must receive at least a 'C' grade in each of the designated courses.
- One of: Corporations or Agency, Partnership, and the LLC
- One of: Venture Capital and Private Equity or Deals: Engineering Financial Transactions
- One of: Patent Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, Copyright, or Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
- One Graduate-level CU Leeds School of Business course: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Entrepreneurial Finance or Business Plan Preparation
- If circumstances warrant, the MBA requirement may be waived after consultation with the Program Advisor and completion of a substitute course.
- One of: Corporate Taxation, Income Taxation, Survey of Business Enterprise Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Accounting Issues for Lawyers, Corporate Finance or any CU Leeds School of Business Finance course
- Two or more of: Any section of a Deals Lab, Drafting (Commercial or Transactional), Legal Negotiation, Advanced Legal Negotiation, other transactional drafting and negotiation courses may be available.
- Experiential Offering: Completion of at least one of the following: (i) participation in the New Venture Challenge; (ii) membership in the Deming Center Venture Fund; (iii) participation in the Venture Capital Investment Competition; (iv) participation in the Transactional LawMeet; or (v) another experiential offering as approved by the Program Advisor.
- Required Professional Practice Course or Transactional Experience: Capstone (2 hours): in an applied transactional practice environment, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (LAWS 7619) or a transactional internship or externship approved by the Program Advisor.