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.
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.
Ethical and Legal Challenges in the Modern Corporation: Law and Business
A new approach to business ethics is co-taught by one faculty member from the Law School and the Stern School of Business. This course focuses on the functioning of legal counsel’s role in a business transaction and in an on-going business organization. Thus, the realistic intermixture of questions of legal compliance, legal and business ethics, and practical business pressures and constraints will supply the context for this problem-solving approach.
Law and Business Project Seminar
Based firmly in the student’s specific interests, this project will challenge the student to demonstrate their combined legal and business skills in a simulated environment. 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.
J.D./M.B.A. Student Required Curriculum
Due to academic calendar overlap, J.D./M.B.A. students are not allowed to take the following Stern courses in the 2013-2014 academic year: For Fall: DBIN-GB.3115.0A: DBi Spain. In the Spring: The only DBI course that can be taken is DBIN-GB.3111.0A: DBI Italy.
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.