Core Requirements

(1) Research Requirement

Students graduating in Spring 2017 may, as an alternative to taking Legal Research for the Transactional Lawyer, complete a two-part corporate and securities research seminar provided by a law librarian.  There is no registration process applicable to the seminar and no unit credit applies.   The research seminar will be offered live and is recorded for download, so it can be completed either in the classroom or individually at a student’s convenience.  Both parts of the research seminar must be completed before the first day of the last month of the semester leading to a student’s graduation (thus, for most students, April 30).

Part One of the seminar addresses a California securities law problem and is available for download at  Log in using your LLS ID and password.  After completing the problem, email your deliverables to Professor Treviño, who will record your completion of the requirement (

Part Two, which looks into a federal securities law issue, is available for download at Again, the research results must be emailed to Professor Treviño.  

Advanced Electives - Four Units Required

Students also must take at least four units of electives (typically two courses) that add to the substantive knowledge base needed by a corporate transactional lawyer. The following list includes all courses and their unit values offered from fall 2009 through spring 2016 that are satisfactory electives. Units for overlapping courses will not be counted twice.

This list may be updated to reflect additional courses offered during the 2015-16 academic year:

FAQs and Important Scheduling Considerations

Click here to access a guide to completing the Corporate Law Concentration, including course scheduling considerations and sample course paths for 2L and 3L years.

Experiential Component

Students must complete the capstone course, Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up and Venture Capital Financing.  This course allows students to understand the lawyer's role in planning and completing business transactions on behalf of start-up businesses by taking a "client" (i.e., an entrepreneur) through a "simulated deal" (i.e., a capital raising transaction for the new business client). Use of this simulated deal format acquaints students with the legal, ethical and business issues that confront the transactional lawyer in representing an early stage growth company.

Although they will not count towards the elective unit requirements noted above, students are also encouraged to consider other experiential offerings related to the practice of corporate law, through internships and externships. In addition to academic advising, students enrolled in the Corporate Law Concentration will be invited to unique networking opportunities and offered career guidance.

Any questions about the Concentration or counseling issues should be directed to the Concentration Faculty Adviser, Professor Treviño at