Brett McDonnell

Business Law Concentration

Program Highlights

  • Wide variety of core and specialized courses and seminars, from mergers & acquisitions to international business transactions to white-collar/corporate crime
  • Opportunity to do a one-to-one independent research and writing project with a business law faculty member on a topic of mutual interest
  • Corporate externship summer program, a 150-hour immersion experience in the work and environment of a corporate legal department
  • Opportunities for networking and career employment with alumni worldwide
  • Opportunities to participate in live-client clinics
  • Opportunity to participate in special business-law speaker series and the Leadership Foundations Program through the Corporate Institute

Study Opportunities

  • Required courses: business associations/corporations or corporations course, accounting-related course, and two additional courses from a field of seven. Concentration students may take a pro-seminar, introducing them to different areas of practice within business law.
  • Second- and third-year J.D. students are eligible to study abroad for a semester at ten foreign schools, including Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, ranked among the top 20 international business schools by the Wall Street Journal, and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, which offers an international and comparative business law program.

Practical Opportunities

  • Business Law Clinic: Under the guidance of experienced business law attorneys, students build transactional skills in the areas of drafting, problem solving, communication, client interviewing, negotiation, and ethics.
  • Students gain experience in transactional skills as drafting, problem solving, communication, client interviewing, negotiation, and ethics. Students may also participate in the Bankruptcy Clinic, and Tax Clinic (Federal Income).

Employment Opportunities

  • The Twin Cities vibrant business and legal community offers students opportunities for part-time work during the school year or full-time summer employment.
  • Prospective employers from around the country come to the Law School to interview students for summer and permanent positions, and the Career Center provides frequent notice of employment opportunities, fellowships, and other scholarly opportunities.

Student-Led Opportunities

  • Business Law Association (BLA): Through programming and opportunities at the Law School and in the legal community, the BLA encourages students to develop relationships while enhancing technical skills relevant to their success as practicing attorneys.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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