Concentration Requirements

Core Requirements:

Students would be required to complete four upper-division courses to satisfy this Concentration:

Note: These are the same four upper-division requirements that must be completed in order to satisfy the requirements for the existing Corporate Concentration, which is a concentration that is also offered under the umbrella of the Business Law Practicum. While the core requirements overlap, the two concentrations are distinct because of the fundamental differences in the elective courses that must be completed to satisfy the requirements of each of these two Concentrations – as explained more fully in the next section.

[*] 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 classes 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 https://my.lls.edu/node/3779.  Log in using your LLS ID and password.  After completing the problem, email or send hard copy of your deliverables to Professor Treviño, who will record your completion of the requirement (shannon.trevino@lls.edu, office – B403).

Part Two, which looks into a federal securities law issue, is available for download at https://my.lls.edu/node/3779.  Again, the research results should be sent to Professor Treviño.

Required Electives:

To complete the Concentration, students must travel to LMU's main campus and complete two elective MBA courses offered at LMU's College of Business Administration. These two electives must be related to the MBA's existing Entrepreneurship Program and are subject to the approval of the Concentration Faculty Advisor and the professor teaching the course.

Courses that may be taken as electives include, but are not limited to, the following list. Some of these courses are offered more frequently than others and exact titles may vary from semester to semester. If you are considering the Entrepreneurship concentration, you should schedule a time to meet with the Concentration Faculty Advisor to plan your curriculum.

  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Marketing
  • Business Incubation
  • New Product Design and Development
  • Competitive Marketing Strategies
  • Product and Brand Management
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategies for Technology Ventures
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (typically offered in the summer)
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategies for Managing New and Growing Ventures

Based on our discussion with members of the MBA faculty, we are confident that there will be a sufficient number of approved MBA courses offered each semester for our law students to be able to complete the required two electives at the College of Business Administration. In addition, the Concentration Faculty Advisor will monitor the MBA course catalogue and suggest courses that should be added or deleted as appropriate.

NOTE: As a matter of existing LLS policy, for students to receive full credit for the two MBA courses that are the required electives for this new concentration, LLS students must complete all of the requirements for the Entrepreneurship Concentration.

Experiential Requirement:

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. 

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 Entrepreneurship Concentration will be invited to unique networking opportunities and offered career guidance.