Berkeley Law offers a comprehensive business law curriculum taught by leading scholars and practitioners who prepare students for work in a range of disciplines, including business counseling, finance, litigation, entrepreneurship, academic research, government service and policy advocacy. Core courses such as Contracts, Business Associations, Finance, and Securities Regulation provide students with both theoretical understandings and concrete foundations in the organization, operation, financing and governance of business enterprises and the economy in which they operate. Advanced courses provide students opportunities to explore specialized topics such as venture capital finance, constructing a corporate deal, or antitrust and the internet. Several courses are designed specifically to create opportunities for students from law, business and other schools on the UC Berkeley campus to interact within a multidisciplinary environment, encouraging problem-solving techniques that they will utilize long after graduation.
In the Program in Law & Economics current scholarship seminar, Berkeley Law students engage in active interchanges with leading scholars from around the country in the fields of business law, and law and economics. For students thinking of starting or joining a business sometime after leaving law school, Berkeley Law courses teach the skills to understand business practices and strategies, attack business problems, and apply legal principles to real world situations. Outside the classroom, Berkeley Law students have opportunities to expand their knowledge of the intersection of law, finance, business and economics through the Berkeley Business Law Journal, the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) or working with faculty on directed or independent research projects.