Spring registration is here, and with the end-of-semester rush coming on, deciding which classes to take can be a productive (or stressful) break from studying. It’s important to carefully consider which classes you want to take and when, as many courses are not always offered every year, may be prerequisites for advanced coursework, or may not work well with your future schedule.

The following foundational innovation and business law courses are offered this spring. If you intend to take advanced coursework in these areas, you may want to consider taking these courses earlier in your law school career.  Or, if your legal studies have concentrated in one area already, you may want to take one of these courses to diversify your understanding of innovation and business law.

In addition to these foundational courses, several advanced courses are offered this spring.

There is also a winter intersession course, Advanced Topics in Corporate Law: Alternative Entities: Business Lawyer’s Guide to Formation, Fiduciary Duties, and Governance.  This 1-credit course is offered from January 3 to January 6.

In choosing your courses, it's important to always keep in mind the requirements for graduation. In order to graduate, JD students must obtain at least 84 credit hours, of which 64 credits must be in faculty instruction courses. Each student is also required to take four writing credits, at least two of which must be under direct faculty supervision. Current 2Ls and 3Ls must also complete one credit of professional skills coursework, while current 1Ls will need to complete a total of six hours of experiential learning credits to graduate.

Next semester, students can complete their skills credit in an IBL-related course by taking Advanced Legal Research Methods: Business & Tax. Or, if you’d like to receive one or two writing credits, you could take Professor Miller’s seminar in Law & Economics.

Of course, many of the IBL-related courses offered next spring are valuable without the extra perks of a writing or skills credit. Business Associations is a prerequisite for many upper-level courses, as is Basic Federal Income Taxation. Introduction to Intellectual Property is an excellent course to take if you’re interested in IP and is helpful for Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks & Unfair Competition. Whether you intend to practice business, antitrust or intellectual property law, establishing both a solid foundation in the area and developing some special expertise is necessary to operate at a high level.

Registration starts on November 7.