Academics

JD/Business Transactions

Description

The LL.M. Concentration in Business Transactions is an interactive, online 24 credit-hour program 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 LL.M. degree at the same time by  attending summer school the summer after their second and third years of law school. However, the LL.M. tuition rate will apply to any courses taken after JD. graduation. Click here for the current rate.

*Here is a sample schedule:  All LL.M. courses are two hours each.

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

Spring Semester – 16 hours of required JD courses

Second Year
Fall Semester – 15 hours

  • Business Entities and Tax Accounting
  • 11 JD hours

Spring Semester – 15 hours

  • Securities Regulation and Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development
  • 11 JD hours

Summer Session – 4 hours

  • Mergers and Acquisitions and 2 hour LL.M. elective from summer list or
  • pre-approved JD business law course (this does have to be taken in the summer)

Third Year
Fall Semester – 15 hours

  • Advanced Corporate Law AND Advanced Intellectual Property OR Corporate Tax
  • 11 JD hours

Spring Semester – 15 hours

  • Students choose one of the following combinations:
    Corporate Finance
    OR
    Partnership Tax
  • Students also choose one of the following courses:
    Bankruptcy
    OR
    Advanced Corporate Finance
  • 11 JD hours

Summer Session – 4 hours

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    Executive Compensation
    OR
    International Tax
  • And students must take
    Business Planning

How to Apply

Send an email to Daniel Powell (dpowell@law.ua.edu), the Associate Dean for Graduate Law Programs indicating your intent.

Grades

Grades in LL.M. courses do not affect your JD grade point average or class ranking.

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*When planning your schedule keep in mind the important ABA restrictions on distance education courses. First, you may not enroll in a distance education course until you have completed instruction equivalent to 28 credit hours toward the J.D. degree. Next, no more than four credit hours in any term, nor more than a total of 12 credit hours total will count toward the J.D. degree. You need 90 credits to graduate with the JD degree and 24 hours to graduate with the LL.M. degree.

Although it is preferred that JD students take the required Transactional Drafting and Business Planning courses and the elective courses in International Tax courses online with the LL.M. program, two credit hours of each JD versions offered in the building will also count towards the LL.M. degree. Prerequisites in the LL.M program only apply to LL.M courses and JD business law course prerequisites only apply to JD courses.

While there are many variations of this schedule, the following six LL.M. courses are required: Choice of Business Entities, Principles in Accounting, Advanced Securities Regulation, Intellectual Property for Technology and Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business Planning. You must take Mergers and Acquisitions in the summer after your second year of law school and business planning in the summer after you complete all your other coursework for the JD and LL.M. programs (unless you take the JD version of Business Planning in the building whenever it is available)