Career Pathways: Corporate Law

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Corporate Law involves the formation, operation, representation, and management of businesses.  It also involves representation of shareholders, members of limited-liability companies, partners, and businesses involved in joint ventures.  Corporate lawyers also handle securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, and dissolutions.  Business entities may include: for-profit and non-profit corporations, limited-liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, and co-operative organizations.

Corporate law practice is generally governed by state law, including state securities law.  Corporate lawyers can work as a corporation’s lawyer, as in-house counsel or in private corporate practice.  Corporate lawyers deal with related areas of federal law, such as securities law, employment law, disability law, and wage and pension law.  Corporate lawyers will also have to understand and use some corporate tax law.  They will work closely with outside counsel, in tax law, intellectual property law, franchise law, and other areas, especially areas relating to the corporation’s business area.  Corporate lawyers also work with the regulatory organizations that enforce those laws.

For more information about corporate law, see the Legal Information Institute’s Wex encyclopedia "Corporations" page, which has links to definitions of many corporate law terms, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar.

 

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies

 

  • Assist with enforcement (hearings) of regulations or inspections.
  • Create, implement, interpret, advise on, and enforce regulations.
  • Liaise with other government agencies.
State Agencies
  • Assist with enforcement (hearings) of regulations or inspections.
  • Create, implement, interpret, advise on, and enforce regulations.
  • Liaise with other government agencies.
Local Government
  • Assist with enforcement (hearings) of regulations or inspections.
  • Create, implement, interpret, advise on, and enforce regulations.
  • Liaise with other government agencies.
Private Law Firms
  • Represent, advise, and negotiate with company owners, investors, board members, shareholders, or businesses at any stage of the corporate life-cycle from formation through growth, and, if necessary, dissolution.
  • Read and draft legal documents.
  • Counsel clients on tax issues, financial matters, employment, wage, and pension law, business-segment related law, and other legal matters.

Student Organizations

Professional Organizations

Other Activities

  • Obtain an internship with an attorney or firm that practices Corporate Law.

  • Obtain an internship working with in-house counsel at a corporation.

  • Participate in the Business Practice Clinic

  • Periodically check Symplicity Job Board for jobs and internships in this field of practice

Commercial/Business Law Curriculum Guide

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS LAW

Faculty Members Include: Ron Brown, Tim Canova, Phyllis Coleman, Leslie Cooney, Jane Cross, Debra Moss Curtis, Doug Donoho, Michael Flynn, Joseph M. Grohman, Linda F. Harrison, Judith Karp, Shahabudeen Khan, Ishaq Kundawala, Donna Litman, Elena Marty-Nelson, Michael Masinter, Roma Perez, Florence Shu-Acquaye, Kathryn Webber

 

Core Offerings

Advanced Offerings

Related Offerings

Agency (2 Credits) LAW 0920  (FB)

Antitrust Law (3 Credits) LAW 1019

Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 1060

Business Entities (4 Credits) LAW 0516 (FB)

 

Bankruptcy Law (3 Credits) LAW 0783 

Corporate Tax (3 Credits) LAW 0769

Contracts (4 Credits) LAW 0612 (MBE) (FB)

Bankruptcy Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0601 

Income Tax (3 Credits) LAW 0701

UCC: Negotiable Instruments Law (3 Credits) LAW 0691/LAW 4691  (FB)

Business Planning Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0807

Internet Law (3 Credits) LAW 0449

UCC: Sales (2 Credits) LAW 0688  (MBE) (FB)

Charitable Organizations Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1051

Nonprofit Organizations (3 Credits) LAW 0679

UCC: Sales and Secured Financing (4 Credits) LAW 4675 (MBE) (FB)

Civil Field Placement Clinic (FT 12 Credits) LAW 0826/0829 or (PT 6 credits) LAW 0826/0828

Remedies (3 Credits) LAW 0755 

 

UCC: Secured Transactions (2 Credits) LAW 0687  (FB)

Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 1060

State and Local Tax in the New Millennium (3 Credits) LAW 0708

 

Consumer Bankruptcy Field Placement Clinic (PT: 1 or 2 Credits) LAW 0964/0965

 

 

Corporate Finance (3 Credits) LAW 1047

 

 

International Business Transactions (3 Credits) LAW 0837/LAW 0838

 

 

International Sales & Arbitration (3 Credits) LAW 0833

 

 

Law, Finance and Markets Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 4678

 

 

Regulation of Financial Institutions (3 credits) LAW 0781

 

 

Securities Regulation (3 Credits) LAW 0850/LAW 0851

 

 

 SEC Enforcement Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0511