Business Law Certificate added to curriculum

Professor Roger Groves, Business Law certificate students, and attorneys from the business firm of Roger Towers met in February to discuss issues from the firm’s current cases.

Professor Roger Groves, Business Law certificate students, and attorneys from the business firm of Roger Towers met in February to discuss issues from the firm’s current cases.

Florida Coastal School of Law now offers a Business Law certificate that incorporates practical experience with current business industry leaders.

The program features courses on business-related practices including tax, intellectual property, corporate law, and the business aspects of sports. With a current enrollment of more than 20 students, the program offers a competitive advantage for students interested in acquiring current and relevant skills for today’s business law market.

“I recommend this program because there is evidence that firms and corporations look favorably on students with a business concentration,” said Professor Roger Groves, director of the Business Law program. “The program facilitates getting more students exposed in value-added ways to appeal to potential employers.”

In the certificate program, students will select from four tracks – business, tax, intellectual property, and the business aspects of sports. They will be taught by practiced business law faculty members who collectively have decades of qualitative private practice experience including representation of multinational corporations in multi-million dollar transactions as well as small businesses.

The Business Law certificate is designed primarily to provide comprehensive course selection and sequence analysis for business-minded students as well as the freedom for students to select an emphasis of their choosing. The program concentrates heavily on connecting students’ course work with issues most valued by potential employers specifically in fields like generating revenue, minimizing taxes, protecting assets, and saving the entity and key employees from liability.

The program has already gained prestigious collaborators including the business firm of Rogers Towers, which has submitted some of its current issues that will be infused into Coastal Law’s curriculum.

Because of this real-world interaction, students are able to establish relationships with the firm and also add value to their education in the current market.

During spring 2013, the program will launch a new blog, titled Coastal Updates for Regulatory and Business Law (“CURB”), which will feature primarily students from the sports and business programs. There are already more than 360 targeted business lawyers in Florida that will be recipients of the posts within firms and corporations that may be potential employers. The blog will also be available to the general public and select undergraduate and graduate schools with law-related programs.

“I have been impressed with the level of enthusiasm from the students and the able assistance of librarians, professors, and career services,” said Professor Groves. “There is much more to do, and the program should evolve.”