- 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.
- 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.
- Professor Brad Bernthal leads the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Entrepreneurship Initiative for Silicon Flatirons. 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 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 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.