Business & Transactional Practice

As a lawyer in Business and Transactional Practice, you would be required to have a background in areas such as contracts, the law of business organizations, securities regulation, antitrust, and bankruptcy, and you would have to have developed skills in interviewing, drafting, and negotiation. As a transactional lawyer, you would be structuring transactions, drafting and negotiating agreements and other documents, and counseling your client in order to help your client achieve its business objectives within the law and the lowest cost.  You would also need to prepare and file documents required by state and federal law.  Your work would involve transactions such as the sale or lease of goods or services, licensings, financings, secured transactions, securities offerings, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, payment systems and bankruptcy.

Villanova Law also offers a more intensive Business Law Concentration (BLC). The BLC would be helpful for students interested in careers in all areas of corporate law, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation (public and private securities offerings), restructuring and bankruptcy, investment management, securities enforcement and litigation, and shareholder actions.  

General Courses

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration Law & Policy
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Corporate & White Collar Crime
  • Corporate Compliance Risk Management
  • Corporate Contests
  • Corporate Finance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law                                                      
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Trade & Investment
  • Internet Law
  • Interviewing/Counseling
  • Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • Introduction to Taxation of Business Entities
  • Labor Law I and II
  • Land Use Planning
  • Law & Entrepreneurship
  • Law of Investment Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Regulation of Financial Institutions
  • Regulatory State (First Year Elective)
  • Sales
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Survey of Business Tax
  • Trade Secret Law

Practical Writing Courses

  • Legal Writing 3 (LW3): Transactional 
    • 2nd Year students only. Students must complete this course or LW3: Litigation before taking a Practical Writing course.
  • Advanced Trademark Issues & Drafting
  • Business Planning
  • Contract Drafting
  • Drafting Business Transactions
  • E-Business
  • In-House Counsel
  • Strategic Representation of Closely Held Business Entities

Research Paper Courses

  • Advanced Insurance Law
  • Retirement Policy
  • Securities Litigation
  • Selected Topics in Securities Law

6th Semester Legal Writing Courses

  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement 

Clinics and Externships

  • Federal Tax Clinic
  • Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • DLA Piper
  • Law & Entrepreneurship Externship
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General (Consumer Protection)
  • Quaker Chemical Corporation
  • SAP
  • Security and Exchange Commission Externship
  • Stradley Ronon
  • University Counsel
Business & Transactional Practice