LLM Course Overview: Fine-tuned to Build Skill

The Names May Look Familiar, but the Focus is Pure Small Business.

Courses in the Concord Small Business Practice LLM are developed and taught by expert practitioners and academics and emphasize the issues that are unique or especially important to start-up enterprises and small firms.

Empirical researchers have studied and reported on the kinds of legal issues that most trouble small business. The issues are not surprising, and include taxation and succession planning, leasing commercial real estate, regulation and finance, protecting and selling intellectual property, and a wide-range of employment law issues. Students will cover each of these subsets of law, and others, in a curriculum structured for and carefully tuned to small business, unlike traditional law school courses.

The program curriculum addresses a pervasive problem in legal education, which is that JD courses typically focus on analyzing and applying the law to large firms and large transactions. The peculiar issues of small business are studied only superficially, sometimes footnoted, and often ignored. As a result, for example, law students graduate knowing far less about succession planning for a family laundry or franchising a local carwash than merging mega corporations under Delaware law or restructuring them in bankruptcy. The Small Business Practice LLM helps to bridge this gap.