Experiential Opportunities

Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up and Venture Capital Financing 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. Practicum Director Warren and Faculty Co-Director Maynard have written a casebook based on the Business Planning I course materials. This casebook, Business Planning: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing, is available from Aspen Publishers.

In addition, Loyola’s innovative Transactional Negotiation Team (TNT) gives students the opportunity to delve into the structure and details of a major business transaction and negotiate key terms, with review and feedback from practicing transactional lawyers. The TNT is offered each Spring semester. Business Planning I must be completed prior to participation on the TNT and, depending on the nature of the problem, other prerequisites may apply. 

Students are encouraged to consider other experiential offerings related to the practice of representing entrepreneurs and their start-up businesses. Such offerings include, but are not limited to, the following representative list:

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Administrative Hearings Unit
  • California Attorney General, Antitrust Division
  • California Attorney General, Corporate Fraud Section
  • California Department of Corporations
  • California Labor Commissioner
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • FINRA
  • Public Employment Relations Board
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • U.S. Small Business Administration

Further information regarding these externships is available through the Externship Office in Founders Hall 240.