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Business and Entrepreneurship Law

Many lawyers describe themselves as “business lawyers.” Indeed, according to one estimate, sixty percent of lawyers identify business law as a significant part of their practice, and the range of their experiences varies. Business lawyers may serve as outside counsel to their business clients, join the business as in-house counsel, or be employed by, or practice before, federal or state governmental agencies. 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 Corporations I 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
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • 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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Faculty

Business and Corporate Law

Lin (Lynn) Bai
Professor of Law
513-556-0194
lin.bai@uc.edu

Lewis Goldfarb
Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Center
513-556-1092
lewis.goldfarb@uc.edu

Sean K. Mangan
Associate Professor of Practice
513-556-4361
sean.mangan@uc.edu

Felix B. Chang
Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Institute for the Global Practice of Law
513-556-4555
felix.chang@uc.edu

Commercial Law

Jacob Katz Cogan
Professor of Law
513-556-0105
jacob.cogan@uc.edu

Emily Ming-Sue Houh
Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of Law and Contracts
513-556-0108
emily.houh@uc.edu

Kristin Kalsem
Professor of Law
513-556-1220
kristin.kalsem@uc.edu

Employment and Labor Law

Ann Hubbard
Professor of Law
513-556-3176
ann.hubbard@uc.edu

S. Elizabeth Malloy
Andrew Katsanis Professor of Law
513-556-0115
betsy.malloy@uc.edu

Sandra Sperino
Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Professor of Law
513-556-0193
sandra.sperino@law.uc.edu

Tax Law

Stephanie McMahon
Professor of Law
513-556-4206
stephanie.mcmahon@uc.edu

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
  • Luxxottica
  • 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