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Business and Entrepreneurship Law

The term "business law" encompasses a wide range of professional careers.  You will find Cincinnati Law graduates in the legal departments of corporations, as well as in other corporate departments that do transactional or regulatory work, such as contracts, compliance, finance, and human resources.

There also are opportunities in federal and state governments for graduates interested in business law.  For example, you will find business lawyers working at the Department of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities & Exchange Commission, and the Small Business Administration, to name only a few.  Bankruptcy courts, tax courts, or the US Court of International Trade also employ corporate attorneys.

Law firms with corporate law practice groups represent a diverse client base of business organizations in all areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate, taxation, bankruptcy, and corporate governance.

Some areas of the curriculum that are useful in preparing for business practice are business and corporate law, commercial law, tax law, and employment and labor law.  Some foundational courses in this area that are useful to all business lawyers are Business Associations and Federal Income Tax, both of which are prerequisites for some more advanced classes. Students with little background in business may elect to take Business Basics for Lawyers to learn basic concepts in accounting, finance, and other aspects of business. Students can refine their knowledge and skills by exploring courses offered in these areas:

Other Helpful Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Computer & Internet Law
  • Environmental Law I
  • Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Media Law
  • Mediation
  • Negotiations
  • Sports Law
  • White Collar Crime

Sample Student Schedule

Linked here is a sample of a student schedule of a fictitious student who is interested in business law. This is designed to give some idea of the many ways courses can be woven into a curriculum designed to build your knowledge of business and other areas of the law, prepare you to take a bar exam, and help you acquire professional skills. You can create many wonderful schedules that include these courses. This one is merely a sample that, frankly, should only be used to spur your ideas about the best curriculum for you. You may also want to discuss your scheduling choices with professors, practitioners, upper-level students and Dean Oliver. Please remember that you must ensure that your schedule will meet all the requirements for graduation. Also remember that the classes listed in this sample schedule may not be offered in the particular semester shown here while you are in law school and that the number of credits may vary from year to year.

Jonathan Smith – Student interested in joining a business law department in a law firm

Other Student Learning Opportunities

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Centers and Institutes

Joint Degree Programs

Other Student Activities

Student Organizations — sampling

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Business and Corporate Law

Lin (Lynn) Bai
Professor of Law

Lewis Goldfarb
Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Center

Sean K. Mangan
Associate Professor of Practice

Felix B. Chang
Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Institute for the Global Practice of Law

Commercial Law

Jacob Katz Cogan
Professor of Law

Emily Ming-Sue Houh
Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of Law and Contracts

Kristin Kalsem
Professor of Law

Employment and Labor Law

Ann Hubbard
Professor of Law

S. Elizabeth Malloy
Andrew Katsanis Professor of Law

Sandra Sperino
Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Professor of Law

Tax Law

Stephanie McMahon
Professor of Law

Recent Student Stories

Will Volk '14. William Volck ’14 is the 2013 Eichner Fellow. He wrote about his experiences in New York and Cincinnati, what he learned, and how it will prepare him for a legal career. (Read More)

Matt Mikhail '13. Matt Mikhail spent 10 weeks living and working in Manhattan, as part of a fellowship program created by College of Law alumnus and CEO of The Continuum Company LLC (TCC), Ian Bruce Eichner. Mikhail and classmate Yinan Zhang received hands on legal and business training working for Eichner’s real estate development firm. (Read More)

UC Alumni Careers

Our graduates work at organizations such as:

  • Avon
  • Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Duke Energy
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Kroger
  • Luxottica
  • Medpace
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Toyota Industries North America
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Anti-Trust Division
  • Reginal and national law firms with corporate law practice area