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Certificate in Corporate & Commercial Law for Practicing Attorneys

Denver Law is pleased to offer a new Certificate in Corporate & Commercial Law where practicing attorneys may take business law courses (including courses with hands-on drafting exercises) either to retool or advance their understanding and expertise in the area. If you have an interest in learning more about the Certificate, please contact gradlegalstudies@law.du.edu.

Certificate Requirements:

The Certificate will consist of 16 credit hours. The course work can be completed in one semester or over multiple semesters.

1.) Certificate students must take two of the following classes: (These courses, however, may be waived and other more specialized classes substituted upon approval of the Director of the Program.)
• Corporations
• Commercial Law
• Agency, Partnership and LLCs
• Accounting for Lawyers
• Securities
• Bankruptcy

2. All lawyers seeking the Certificate will be required to take one drafting class approved by the Program. Currently, the Program offers corporate drafting and contract drafting, business negotiation and drafting, and negotiating business transactions. Other classes that involve a significant amount of drafting will qualify.

3. Lawyers seeking the Certificate will also be required to take one critical thinking class (see list of select critical thinking courses below). Critical thinking classes are taught as seminars and involve practical exercises and/or problem solving.

4. Finally, each lawyer will be required, unless a suitable course substitute is approved by the Program Faculty Director, to engage in directed research for one to four credit hours with the ultimate goal of producing a paper of publishable quality. The expectation is that some or all of the papers would be published by the Denver University Law Review.

Select List of Courses:

Antitrust and Unfair Competition. The expansion of our economy over time has required the federal government and the courts to rethink their respective roles in regulating business conduct in the United States. The laws regulating business conduct are as dynamic as the notion of competition itself. This course teaches the history and fundamentals of antitrust and unfair competition laws in the United States. This course will discuss the competitive problems which arise from monopolization, price and supply agreements, tying arrangements, exclusive dealings, cartel activity and mergers. The course will also examine the interplay between federal, state and private enforcement of these laws.

Business Negotiation and Drafting. The course will cover, through simulated lawyer activity, the negotiation of several business or corporate transactions and the drafting of the resulting organizational and transactional documents or agreements. A central goal of the course is to understand the process of negotiation in business transactions, including communications, preparation & evaluation of negotiations, negotiating styles, techniques and stages of the negotiating process. Equally important is the ability to draft agreements that accurately reflect the results of such negotiations. This course will cover the memorialization of negotiations through the drafting of contracts and other related documents. Course activity will involve lecture and discussion but primarily immersion in simulated lawyer activities.

Capital Formation: Procedure and Practice. This course is designed to help law school students understand the law as well as the role lawyers play as problem solvers and negotiators in the world of start-up businesses and capital formation. This course focuses on the nuts and bolts of capital formation from the perspective of practicing lawyers. By covering substantive corporate and securities law, as well as the practical, all as aspects of capital formation, the role of each participant in the process, and the business and financial factors driving capital investment, this course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of capital formation. This course will be taught “in context” using the transaction documents currently used by leading law firms in the field.

Non-Profit Organizations. The courts will provide a thorough overview of non-profit organizations, including units on governance, fundraising, finance and tax matters, and risk management. The class will examine foundation documents (articles and bylaws), types of organizations (membership v. non-membership), structure, and the duties and role of the board of directors. The class will also review state regulations applicable to fundraising, non-profit audit and tax requirements, and privacy issues.

Representing Clients before the SEC. SEC insiders explain the processes and practices of the Division, intertwined with discussion and analysis of SEC enforcement actions past and present. This course gives students critical information to effectively represent a wide variety of clients before the Division, among them public companies, regulated entities, defrauded investors, and perpetrators of crime.

*These are courses we have offered in connection with the Corporate & Commercial Law Program. We try to offer them annually. Nonetheless, there can be no guarantee that we will be able to offer these or any other courses.