Business & Commercial Law

The law is an essential part of business and financial transactions, from the simplest purchase to a multi-billion dollar international joint venture. The KU Law curriculum covers the entire spectrum of business transactions.


First-Year Courses

  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Property
  • Torts

Upper-Level Courses

  • Advanced International Trade Law
  • Agricultural Law and Contemporary Food Production and Safety Issues
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations I and II
  • Business Planning Seminar
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Commercial Law: Payment Systems
  • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law
  • Insurance
  • International Commerce and Investment
  • International Trade Law
  • Land Transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises
  • Workers' Compensation

More information about related areas can be found in the Curriculum Guides for International Law, Environmental Law and Tax Law. Find descriptions of these courses on the Courses page.

Business and Commercial Law Certificate

The Business and Commercial Law Certificate is a response to the longstanding demand for attorneys with expertise in the field. Completion of the certificate requirements allows a student to develop the knowledge and skills needed to begin a successful career as a business lawyer. A student who obtains the certificate receives a solid grounding in the basic principles of business and commercial law and is familiar with many of the transactions that business and commercial lawyers commonly encounter in practice.


Many students interested in business law choose the joint degree program in Law and Business, which allows them to obtain both a J.D. and an MBA in four years. Students must be admitted to the joint degree program during the first year of law school.



Webb Hecker
Professor of Law

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance