Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business

Curriculum

J.D. Scholar and J.D./M.B.A. Scholar Required Curriculum

The required curriculum for J.D. Scholars and J.D./M.B.A. Scholars includes a transactional course, the Professional Responsibility in Law and Business course, designed jointly by the Law School and the Stern School of Business, and an individualized Senior Project in the Law and Business Projects Seminar course. J.D. Scholars are also required to complete the general requirements of the J.D. Program, and J.D./M.B.A. Scholars are required to complete the general requirements of the J.D./M.B.A. Program.

Transaction Courses

These courses are relevant across different industries, and allow students to consider the specific ways in which various business transactions add value to the design, negotiation, finance and implementation of deals, as well as to business management and commercial client relations. 

(Jacobson Scholars) Law & Business Projects Seminar

Based firmly in the student’s specific interests, this project will challenge the student to demonstrate their combined legal and business skills. The projects are developed, discussed, administered and presented in the Law & Business Projects Seminar, a year-long course co-taught by the Jacobson Leadership Program Faculty Directors.   Students will be able to work independently or collaboratively in small teams, and with individually-assigned mentors, and will be required to present their projects to a panel of faculty and alumni.

If interested and not a Jacobson student please submit your resume and a one page description of your project proposal to leadershipprogram@nyu.edu

J.D./M.B.A. Student Required Curriculum

Law School Academic Services J.D./M.B.A. Requirements website

Stern School of Business Academic Affairs J.D./M.B.A. Requirements website

Due to academic calendar overlap, J.D./M.B.A. students are not allowed to take the following Stern courses in the 2011-2012 academic year:

DBIN-GB.3304.0A: DBi Australia
DBIN-GB.3115.0A: DBi Spain and the European Union
OPMG-GB.2313: Operations in Entertainment

Jacobson Leadership Program Course Descriptions

Business Law Transactions Clinic

Students in the Business Law Clinic provide legal services to senior leaders of nonprofit organizations in the $300,000 – 2 million range on matters including corporate governance, contracts, and communications work. The students’ work includes advising executives and boards on governance and disclosure practices; reviewing and preparing bylaws, conflict-of-interest and other board policies and materials; planning transactions; drafting contracts and other operating agreements; and preparing work plan and other project documents. A weekly two-hour seminar supports the clinic’s field work. Using discussion and simulation, the seminar focuses on the business lawyer’s multiple roles in assessing, planning and managing corporate events and transactions. For more information, please click here.

Law and Business of Bankruptcy and Reorganization

This is a joint Law and Business course, with students from both Stern and the Law school. It covers both legal and business aspects of Bankruptcy and Reorganization, with (of necessity) less depth and detail than either a pure Law or Stern course. The course is a mixture of lectures, team projects, and outside speakers with a primary focus on the transactional aspects of the subject matter.

Law & Business of Investment Banking

The aim of the course is to integrate diverse aspects of the academic training of law and business students in a transactions focused context. Students are organized into eight teams comprised of three business students and three law students. Student teams are assigned or have the option of locating a transaction that forms the corpus to be dissected by the team in a written report that is presented to the class. The first half of the semester discusses various aspects of the law and economics of contracting. During this period, students read the assigned readings and participate orally in class, also teams digest the assigned deals and meet from time to time with the deal professionals (lawyers or bankers) who actually structured and negotiated the deal. The deal professionals serve as tutors for the project.

Law and Business of Microfinance

Microfinance currently serves an estimated 100 million borrowers; the demand for is estimated to reach one billion borrowers. The total foreign MFI funding is expected to reach $25 billion by 2015. The goal of “Investing in Microfinance” is to introduce students to the deal structuring, negotiating, and drafting skills necessary to advise MFIs seeking to reach greater scale and outreach by securing local and cross-border financings as well as investors (debt and equity) in MFIs. We analyze various financing structures (and related legal documentation) used to finance MFIs, including loans, guaranties, off-balance sheet financing, private equity and public offerings, with emphasis on the issues that are most critical to MFIs. The course is highly interactive. Students make in-class presentations about MFIs, investors, and transactions that have been successfully completed by MFIs. Students also work in teams to offer transactional and structuring advice to hypothetical MFIs and investors in MFIs. Guest speakers from the industry visit from time to time to complement class discussions.

Law & Business Projects Seminar

This year-long course involves the planning, design, development and presentation of an in-depth project which must involve significant research and analysis of both legal and business issues. The fall semester is primarily concerned with the development process, along with class review and critique of the projects. Substantial Writing Credit will be awarded in the spring semester. This course is required of all J.D. Scholars and J.D. /M.B.A. Scholars and is open to others by permission of the instructors only. To apply, please submit a resume, transcript and one-page explanation of your interest in the course to LeadershipProgram@nyu.edu.