Business Law Curriculum at Yale

Business Law Courses The course offerings in business law at Yale are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. In addition to developing familiarity with the institutional landscape covered in core substantive law courses, students considering pursuing careers as transaction lawyers or corporate litigators need to master the basic analytical skills of financial accounting, finance, microeconomics and statistics. The Law School offers courses in financial accounting and finance on a regular basis. Law students can enroll in the following Yale College or School of Management (SOM) courses which also cover that material, as well as courses in microeconomics and statistics: Financial Accounting 170 (which covers comparable material to that covered in the law school course, “Legal Accounting”); Management 541 (SOM) or Economics 251a; Economics 115 or 121 (microeconomics); Economics 131 or Statistics 100, 101, 102 or 103 (statistics). For Professor Romano’s perspective on the implications of the transformation of corporate law scholarship and practice, by the introduction of economics and finance into the field, click here.


For more detail on the Fall 2020 courses listed below, please see YLS: Courses, Fall 2020.  

For more detail on the Spring 2021 courses listed below, please see YLS: Courses, Spring 2021.


Fall 2020

Advanced Community and Economic Development Clinic: Seminar. 1 unit (credit/fail).  A.S. Lemar, E. Gaebler, and C.F. Muckenfuss III. 

Advanced Community and Economic Development Clinic: Fieldwork. 2 or 3 units (graded). A.S. Lemar, E. Gaebler, and C.F. Muckenfuss III. 

Advanced Contracts: Seminar. 2 or 3 units. A. Chua. 

Advanced Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Seminar. 1 unit. S. Riethmueller.

Advanced Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Fieldwork. 1 to 3 units. S. Riethmueller.

Antitrust Class Actions. 2 units. K.A. Pierson.

Antitrust in the Information Economy. 2 or 3 units. J.B. Baker.

Antitrust: Directed Research. 3 or 4 units. G.L. Priest.

Applied Corporate Finance. 4 units. R. Romano.

Bankruptcy. 4 units. A. Schwartz.

Business Organizations. 4 units. J.R. Macey.

Community and Economic Development Clinic: Seminar. 2 units. A.S. Lemar, E. Gaebler, and C.F. Muckenfuss III.

Community and Economic Development Clinic: Fieldwork. 2 units. A.S. Lemar, E. Gaebler, and C.F. Muckenfuss III.

Corporate Environmental Management and Strategy. 3 units. D.C. Esty.

Corporate Finance. 3 units. H. Tookes [2 sections]. 

Corporate Litigation Seminar. 2 or 3 units. K.S. Schwartz.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Seminar. 2 units. S. Riethmueller.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Fieldwork. 2 units. S. Riethmueller.

Federal Income Taxation I. 4 units. A.L. Alstott.

Federal Income Taxation: Business and Financial Basics. 1 unit (credit/fail). A.L.  Alstott.

Financial Markets and Corporate Law Clinic. 3 units. J.R. Macey, G. Fleming, and B.L. Beirne.

History and Theory of Secured Transactions: Seminar. 1 unit. G.E. Brunstad, Jr.

Intellectual Property: Working with Patents and Trade Secrets. 2 units. V.A. Cundiff.

Internal Investigations. 3 units. D. Zornow.

International Investment Law. 2 units. W.M. Reisman.

International Technology Capital Markets. 2 units. K.M. Subramanian.

Law and Macroeconomics. 1 to 3 units. Y. Listokin.

Law, Economics, and Organization. 1 unit (credit/fail). R. Romano.

Partnership Taxation. 3 units. N. Cunningham.

Robber Barons Reconsidered. 3 units. G.L. Priest.

Secured Transactions. 3 units. G.E. Brunstad, Jr. 

Securities Regulation. 4 units. J. Morley.

Small Business and Community in a Time of Crisis: Seminar. 2 units. A.S. Lemar.

Small Business and Community in a Time of Crisis: Fieldwork. 2 units. A.S. Lemar.

[The] Anti-Tax Movement and the Transformation of U.S. Politics and Policy. 2 units. M.J. Graetz.

[The] Corporation as a Social Actor. 2 units. A. Dhir.

[The] Global Financial Crisis. 3 units. A. Metrick.


Spring 2021

Advanced Community and Economic Development Clinic: Seminar. 1 unit (credit/fail).  A.S. Lemar and C.F. Muckenfuss III.

Advanced Community and Economic Development Clinic: Fieldwork. 2 or 3 units (graded). A.S. Lemar and C.F. Muckenfuss III.

Advanced Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Seminar. 1 unit. S. Riethmueller.

Advanced Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Fieldwork. 1 to 3 units. S. Riethmueller.

Advanced Issues in Capital Markets: Role of Counsel for Issuers & Underwriters in an Initial Public Offering. 2 units. C.B. Brod and A.E. Fleisher.

Anatomy of a Merger. 3 units. C. Nathan.

Antitrust. 4 units. A.K. Klevorick.

Business Organizations. 4 units. M. Myers.                                                           

Business Organizations. 4 units. R. Romano.

Capital Markets. 3 units. G. Gorton [2 sections].

Community and Economic Development Clinic: Seminar. 2 units.  A.S. Lemar and C.F. Muckenfuss III. 

Community and Economic Development Clinic: Fieldwork. 2 units. A.S. Lemar and C.F. Muckenfuss III.

Competition Economics and Policy. 3 units. F. Scott Morton.

Corporate Taxation. 3 units. Y. Listokin.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Seminar. 2 units. S. Riethmueller. 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic: Fieldwork. 2 units. S. Riethmueller. 

Estate Planning: Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes and Related Issues. 3 units. D.J. Stoll.

Federal Income Taxation I. 4 units. Z. Liscow. 

Financial Accounting. 3 units. R. Antle. 

International Business Transactions. 4 units. A. Chua. 

International Trade Law and Policy: Seminar. 3 units. D.C. Esty and G. Horlick. 

Law, Economics, and Organization. 1 unit (credit/fail). R. Romano and J. Morley.

Negotiating and Drafting Secured Transactions. 2 units. G.E. Brunstad, Jr.

Quantitative Corporate Finance. 3 units. I. Ayres.

Specialized Legal Research in Corporate Law. 1 unit (credit/fail). J. Eiseman and M. VanderHeijden.

Supervised Research in Tax Policy. 2 units. Z. Liscow.

Tax Policy. 3 units. A.L. Alstott.

[The] Corporation as a Social Actor. 2 units. A. Dhir.

[The] Law and Regulation of Banks and Other Financial Intermediaries. 2 or 3 units. J.R. Macey.

Wealth Transfer Law: Trusts and Estates. 4 units. J.H. Langbein.

White-Collar Criminal Defense: Critical Issues and Strategies. 3 units. K. Stith and D. Zornow.