No matter what area of practice they are engaged in, most of what lawyers do can be defined as "business law." Labor, bankruptcy, and tax lawyers do a great deal of transactional and planning work with their clients and litigate matters before specialized tribunals such as the Tax Court or a labor arbitration panel. Meanwhile, much civil litigation is business-related, and transactional skills and business laws impact a diverse array of practice areas from Environmental Law to International Law to Intellectual Property. Recognizing this, Temple has designed a diverse business law curriculum that uniquely prepares future lawyers to participate in an ever-changing global marketplace in which business law plays a central role. Temple's business law courses emphasize development of skills necessary for practice and engage students in the study of current issues relating to the stock market, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, the Uniform Commercial Code, banking, e-commerce, and more.
Temple students have access to a vast array of business law opportunities. We offer general and specialized courses in subjects related to business associations, commercial law, taxation, bankruptcy, and more; as well as several experiential programs, skills based courses, and clinical opportunities for gaining practical experience. The innovative Introduction to Transactional Skills (ITS) provides first year students with invaluable transactional experience negotiating and drafting agreements for clients, and upper level students may choose to hone these skills further with the Integrated Transactional Program (ITP), which was recognized by the CPR Institute on Dispute Resolution in 2001 as the best course on problem solving in any law school curriculum in the country.
In addition to business related law courses, Temple students may take a number of graduate business courses through Temple Law's affiliation with Temple University's Fox School of Business. And, as almost all attorneys deal with tax issues at some point in their careers, Temple's tax law curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. tax code and offers specialized tax classes for those who plan to pursue a career in tax law.
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Introduction to Transactional Skills (ITS) is a two-week intensive course that departs from the tradition of limiting the first year curriculum to doctrinal courses and develops strategic thinking, interviewing, negotiating, and drafting skills. First year students are exposed to the practice of transactional law and learn how to think like a transactional lawyer through lectures, small-group workshops, and a client simulation. Students learn to properly identify their client’s goals and work to negotiate, draft, and execute the documents necessary to accomplish those goals.
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In order to ingrain key lawyering skills in negotiating, counseling, drafting, and interviewing, the two semester Integrated Transactional Program (ITP) builds upon students' initial experience in Introduction to Transactional Skills (ITS) and is designed around realistic client files. Through ITP simulations, students tackle complicated issues in trusts and estates, small business and charities, ethics, and professional responsibility while gaining practical experience in the transactional skills central to the practice of law.
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Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Fox School of Business and Management are proud to offer dual degree programs that provide students the opportunity to earn both a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of International Business Administration (IMBA) degree with fewer hours of coursework than would be required if the degrees were earned independently. Students in the program receive both a J.D. from the Law School and an MBA or IMBA from the Fox School of Business and Management upon graduation.
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The Certificate in Business Law is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or extensive business background but want to develop their knowledge in business while pursuing their degree in law. Students in the Certificate in Business Law program take 12 to 15 credits of MBA courses, including Statistics, Accounting, and Finance (6 to 9 credits are transferred to J.D.), 18 credits of business related law courses, and receive a notation on their transcript.
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Each year, new and experienced lawyers choose the Graduate Tax Program at Temple University Beasley School of Law to deepen their understanding of complex taxation issues. Since 1973, Temple's internationally renowned Tax Program has offered a Master of Laws in Taxation that provides candidates with a strong foundation in tax law as well as an opportunity to develop expertise beyond the level of study offered in J.D. programs. In addition, the program offers certificate programs in Estate Planning and in the Taxation of Employee Benefits. These certificate programs allow students to gain expertise in specific areas of interest without having to complete all of the LL.M. requirements.
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Temple offers J.D. students the unique opportunity to earn both a J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation with as little as one semester of study beyond the J.D. requirements. Students pay no additional tuition for LL.M. courses taken while in the J.D. program and may complete up to 12 of the 24 credits required for the LL.M. while still enrolled in the J.D. program.
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