JD/Business Transactions


JD students may concurrently enroll in the LLM Concentration in Business Transactions program.  The program is an interactive online, 24-credit-hour program designed to prepare students for a sophisticated tax law practice.  The program is designed to train students to serve the needs of clients throughout the life cycle of a business venture beginning with formation and choice of business entity, then addressing financing in the growth phase, possible reorganizations and mergers as the business matures, and then finally the law effecting recession and dissolution.

JD students can earn a JD and an LL.M. degree at the same time by attending summer school following their second and third years of law school.  With careful planning, students can avoid taking courses the second summer after graduation.  The LL.M. tuition rate will apply to any courses taken after JD graduation.  Click here for the current rate.


Degree Requirements

JD students must complete all JD graduation requirements including 90 credit hours. The LL.M. requires 24 credit hours. JD/LL.M. students must take the following required two-credit-hour courses offered during the terms indicated below:

Advanced Business Entities
Accounting for Lawyers

Securities Regulation
Intellectual Property

Mergers and Acquisitions

Students also must take the JD (in the building) course in Transactional Drafting and either the JD or LLM course ( in Business Planning.

The remaining 10 hours (5 courses) may be selected from the following business law electives or from the online concentration in taxation (except for estate planning electives):

Advanced Corporate Law/Private Equity
Personal Income Tax
Advanced Intellectual Property
Corporate Tax
Advanced Corporate Finance
Special Problems in Corporate Law (Cayman Islands)
Partnership Tax
Business Bankruptcy
Advanced Partnership /Corporate Tax
Executive Compensation
International Tax


Application of LL.M. Credits to your JD Degree

Subject to the approval of the Academic Associate Dean, students may apply up to 15 credit hours in distance education courses toward their JD degree.  Students may not enroll in distance education courses until they have completed 28 credit hours. JD students must complete all JD graduation requirements.


Application of JD Credits to the LL.M. Degree

Up to 6 hours (3 courses at 2 hours each) of certain JD courses may be applied to the LL.M. degree. You must take the JD version of Transactional Drafting in the building and you may take either  the JD version of Business Planning in the building on the online LL.M. version offered during the summer after your third year of law school. Two hours of each course will be applied to the LL.M. degree.



Prerequisites in the LL.M. program apply only to LL.M. courses and JD business law course prerequisites apply only to JD courses.  The JD program requires students to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.33(See JD academic standards in the Student Handbook.) The LL.M. program requires students to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. Grades in LL.M. courses do not affect your JD grade point average or class ranking.

Students must also take the basic versions of LL.M. Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax and Intellectual Property before taking the advanced versions,


How to Apply

Send an email to Daniel Powell (dpowell@law.ua.edu), the Assistant Dean for Graduate Law Programs, and Claude Arrington (carrington@law.ua.edu), the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, indicating your intent.


Sample Schedule

Here is one sample schedule if want to complete the LL.M. degree requirements prior to your JD graduation. You can maximize the number of credit hours applying toward both degrees by taking the JD courses indicated above (which are not subject to the 15-hour limit because they are offered in the building).
All LL.M. courses are two credit hours each.

First Year Required Curriculum
Fall Semester – 16 hours of required JD courses

Spring Semester – 16 hours of required JD courses

Second Year
Fall Semester – 4 LL.M Hours

  • Business Entities and Accounting for Lawyers

Spring Semester -6 LL.M. Hours

  • Securities Regulation and Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development
  • One elective course

Summer Session – 2 LL.M. Hours

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Third Year-
Fall Semester- 6 LL.M. Hours

  • Advanced Corporate Law OR Personal Income Tax
  • Advanced Intellectual Property OR Corporate Tax
  • One elective course

*Spring Semester – 6 LL.M. Hours

  • Students choose one of the following combinations:
    Advanced Corporate Finance
    Partnership Tax
  • AND students also choose one of the following courses:
    Business Bankruptcy
    Advanced Corporate and Partnership Tax
  • JD version of Business Planning (if you have had business tax and did not take LLM version)

* Special Problems in Corporate Law/Caymans is also an option here offered during spring break.