Law & Business Program

About Us

The Law & Business Program offers an innovative and intensive upper-level curriculum to students interested in a career in business law. The program allows students to build expertise in business law, corporate management, accounting, and finance by choosing among an extensive array of elective courses, including intensive transactional courses and seminars, without extending their studies beyond the normal three-year J.D. program.

Graduates of the Law & Business Program are prepared to enter legal practice with a solid understanding of the basic principles of finance and accounting, how businesses work, the ways in which the increasingly complex regulatory environment impacts publicly traded companies, their managers and their directors, and how to work effectively with businesspeople to help them navigate the laws and regulations that govern business activities.


This well-established certificate of specialization, which is a series of courses that any J.D. student can complete during their second- and third-year studies, is highly valued by legal employers. In recent years, about 25% of graduating students have completed this certificate program.

Class of 2019

Will Pugh

“Knowing I could get a J.D. with heavy business and innovation components made me more excited about attending law school.”

Cheek Business Scholars

James Cheek III

In 2019, James H. Cheek III, J.D. '67, generously established the Cheek Business Law Scholarship and the Cheek Summer Stipends to provide financial support for deserving students participating in the Law & Business Program. Each year, the law school selects at least one Cheek Business Law Scholar to receive supplemental scholarship funds for their second and third years of study completing the Certificate in Law & Business. Cheek Summer Stipends support experiential opportunities in certain government agencies, courts, or other settings that enhance preparation for a career in business law.

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Email the Law & Business Program coordinator.