Business & Transactional Law | School of Law | SIU

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Business & Transactional Law | School of Law | SIU

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Business & Transactional Law

Faculty Advisor: William Drennan

To complete the Specialization in Business and Transactional Law and receive a transcript notation and certificate acknowledging the completion of the Specialization, students must satisfy the following four requirements.

The minimum 15 credits must include:

  • Core Course requirement (at least two of the five courses)
  • Core Course plus Related Course requirement: at least 9 credits (including at least two "core" courses)
  • Writing requirement: at least 3 credits
  • Skills/Experiential Learning requirement: at least 3 credits

Also, students must timely submit the applicable Declaration of Intent form and related checklist to the faculty advisor. 

1. Core Course requirement

Students are required to take at least two of the following five “core” business and transactional law courses:

  • Agency and Partnership
  • Business Organizations
  • Corporations
  • Introduction to Commercial Law
  • Trusts and Estates


2. Core Courses plus Related Course(s) requirement

Students may take 9 or more credits from among the “core courses,” and the following "related courses" as available:

  • Advanced Real Estate Transactions
  • Business Boot Camp
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Law Practice Management
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Securities Regulation
  • Other relevant courses (including summer courses at SIU or elsewhere) have to be pre-approved to meet this requirement by the faculty advisor for the Business and Transactional Law Specialization or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

3. Business and Transactional Writing

Students are required to complete a writing component involving business and transactional law topics (or topic) with a minimum of 3 credit hours. The student may satisfy this 3-credit requirement from among the following:

  • Basic Estate Planning
  • International Business Transactions
  • Senior Seminar: Not-for-Profit Corporations
  • Writing an article as a staff member of the Journal of Legal Medicine or the SIU Law Journal regarding a business or transactional law topic if pre-approved for this requirement by the faculty advisor for the Business and Transactional Law Specialization or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
  • Any other writing course offered by the law school that has been pre-approved to meet this writing requirement by the faculty advisor for the Business and Transactional Law Specialization or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

4. Skills/Experiential Learning

Students are required to complete a skills/experiential learning component involving business and transactional law topics (or topic) with a minimum of 3 credit hours. The student may satisfy this requirement from among the following:

  • Basic Estate Planning
  • Civil Practice (Elder Law) Clinic
  • International Business Transactions
  • Introduction to Transactional Skills
  • Law Practice Management
  • Public Interest Externship in a transactional-related area if pre-approved to meet this requirement by the faculty advisor for the Business and Transactional Law Specialization or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Note #1:  The same course cannot be used to satisfy the writing requirement and the skills/experiential learning requirement.  For example, a student may satisfy the writing requirement by taking International Business Transactions, but in that case the student 
could not use International Business Transactions to fulfill the Skills/Experiential Learning requirement.

Note #2:  Courses that satisfy the Business and Transactional Writing requirement described above may not satisfy the School of Law’s general senior writing requirement.  For example, although either Basic Estate Planning or International Business Transactions may satisfy the writing requirement for the Business and Transactional Law Specialization, neither course is designated to satisfy the School of Law’s senior writing requirement.

Note #3:  A two-credit course (such as Law Practice Management) alone would not satisfy the skills/experiential learning requirement (or the writing requirement).

Note #4:  Even if this website description changes, the requirements applicable for a particular student will be from the website description as of the date the student submitted the Declaration of Intent form, unless the student, and either the faculty advisor for the Business and Transactional Law Specialization or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, agree that a subsequent website description will apply.


(last revised April 2014)