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Business Law Curriculum at Yale

Business Law Courses

The course offerings in business law at Yale are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. In addition to developing familiarity with the institutional landscape covered in core substantive law courses, students considering pursuing careers as transaction lawyers or corporate litigators need to master the basic analytical skills of financial accounting, finance, microeconomics and statistics. The Law School offers courses in financial accounting and finance on a regular basis. Law students can enroll in the following Yale College or School of Management (SOM) courses which also cover that material, as well as courses in microeconomics and statistics: Financial Accounting 170 (which covers comparable material to that covered in the law school course, "Legal Accounting"); Management 541 (SOM) or Economics 251a; Economics 115 or 121 (microeconomics); Economics 131 or Statistics 100, 101, 102 or 103 (statistics). For Professor Romano's perspective on the implications of the transformation of corporate law scholarship and practice, by the introduction of economics and finance into the field, click here.

Yale Law School Bulletin

Advanced Community and Economic Development Clinic. 1–4 units (F); 1–3 units (S). A.S. Lemar

Advanced Deals Workshop: Public Company M&A. 3 units. E.S. Robinson

Advanced Issues in Capital Markets: Role of Counsel for Issuers and Underwriters in an Initial Public Offering. 2 units. C.B. Brod and A.E. Fleisher

Anatomy of a Merger. 3 units. C. Nathan

Antitrust. 4 units. W.D. Collins

Antitrust and Regulation Research Seminar. 3–4 units. A.K. Klevorick

Antitrust: Directed Research. Units to be arranged. G.L. Priest

Banking and Financial Regulation. 2 units. M.L. Fein

Bankruptcy. 3 units. E.J. Janger

Behavioral and Institutional Economics. 3 units. R.J. Shiller

Business Organizations. 4 units. J.R. Macey

Business Organizations. 4 units. J.D. Morley

Business Organizations. 4 units. R. Romano

Capital Markets. 3 units. G.B. Gorton

Challenges of a General Counsel: Lawyers as Leaders. 2 units. M.S. Solender

Colloquium on Contemporary Issues in Law and Business. 2 units. R. Romano

Community and Economic Development. 4 units. A.S. Lemar and M. Viswanathan

Comparative Corporate Capitalism: Supervised Research. 3 units. H.B. Hansmann

Corporate Crisis Management. 2 units. H. Coleman, M. Trevino, and M.M. Wiseman

Corporate Finance. 3 units. H.E. Tookes

Corporate Taxation. 4 units. A.L. Alstott

Drafting and Negotiating Merger and Acquisition Transactions. 2 units. S.S. Adler

Empirical Law and Economics. 2 or 4 units. I. Ayres

Ethics in Law and Markets. 3 units. J.R. Macey and G.J. Fleming

Federal Income Taxation. 4 units. A.L. Alstott

Federal Income Taxation. 4 units. Y. Listokin

International Commercial Arbitration. 2 units. W.M. Reisman, Y. Banifatemi, and E. Gaillard

Intellectual Property: An Introduction. 4 units. I. Ayres

International Investment Law. 2 units. W.M. Reisman and G. Aguilar-Alvarez

International Trade Law in a Globalizing World. 3 units. D.C. Esty

[The] Law and Regulation of Securities and Financial Markets. 3 units. J.R. Macey

Law, Economics, and Organization. 1 unit. C. Jolls and R. Romano

Law and Economics. 2 units. R.R.W. Brooks

[The] Law and Economics of Corporate Control. 3 units. A. Schwartz and S. Fraidin

Legal Accounting. 2 units. R. Baxter

Nonprofit Organizations Clinic. 1–2 units. J.G. Simon, M. Agsten, L.N. Davis, and B.B. Lindsay

[The] Regulation of Financial Institutions and Activities after the Financial Crisis. 3 units. G. Rosenberg 

Specialized Legal Research in Corporate Law. 1 unit. S.B. Kauffman and M. Chisholm

Start-Ups and the Law. 2 units. W. Breeze, D.A. Goldberg, and C.L. Lynch

Topics in Behavioral Law and Economics. 2 units. C. Jolls

U.S. International Taxation. 3 units. J.M. Samuels

White-Collar Criminal Defense: Law, Ethics and Strategy. 3 units. K. Stith and D. Zornow

Working with Intellectual Property: Patents and Trade Secrets. 2 units. V.A. Cundiff


For further information on courses at Yale Law School, view the Yale Law School Bulletin.