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Business and Commercial Law

Business law covers a broad spectrum of exciting and important topics, from the laws relating to the formation and governance of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, to the complex commercial field, including debtor/creditor rights and international transactions. These areas drive the world's economies, and the policy implications are enormous.

Regardless of whether a student aspires to work with a Fortune 500 company, a small family-run business, or a law firm working with business entities, Hamline's curriculum provides the necessary foundation, balancing essential theoretical precepts with practical training. For students who want to appreciate fully the transactional and litigation-related aspects of contracts and other sophisticated commercial deals, Hamline also presents the background required for putting together and understanding sales, leases, finance and licensing transactions, and business plans.

Business Law Institute

The role of the business lawyer has evolved beyond the formation of business entities and the litigation of commercial disputes. An effective business lawyer adds value to a transaction by understanding and achieving the client’s business goals. Today, the rapidly shifting business and economic landscape demands support from professionals with finely tuned legal acumen as well as a practical understanding of the business world. And that’s where Hamline’s Business Law Institute (BLI) comes in.

BLI draws from the exceptional core business law curriculum that has long been a fixture within Hamline Law and better equips our students with the skills they need as they guide transactions and navigate solutions to disputes. The institute balances experiential learning and ethical problem-solving with key subjects relevant to business. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with the local business community as well as students at Hamline’s School of Business. The result is well-connected lawyers who are prepared for the realities of business law practice.