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Cross-Border Transactions and International Business Counseling

The Practice

Lawyers counsel businesses of all sizes on transactions with parties outside the U.S. Clients might, for example, include individuals and companies that engage in: real estate leases and purchases overseas, importing goods to the U.S., licensing and sales of products overseas, issuing and purchasing securities outside the U.S., setting up a branch office or subsidiary, contracting for services overseas, and investing in foreign business enterprises. Lawyers representing these clients need to understand how the cross-border environment affects the structuring and enforcement of agreements as well as regulatory law and rules (e.g., tax, securities, intellectual property, and bankruptcy) that apply to those agreements and business relationships.

The Course of Study

Foundational Courses

  • Business Organizations (4 credits)
  • International Business Transactions (3 credits)
  • Taxation – Basic Federal Personal Income (3 credits)

Further Electives

  • Admiralty Law (2 credits)
  • Commercial Arbitration (2 credits)
  • Comparative Law (2 credits)
  • Contracts I (3 credits)
  • Drafting: ADR Documents (2 credits)
  • Drafting: Litigation Documents & Contracts (3 credits)
  • International Bankruptcy (2 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (2 credits)
  • International Finance (3 credits)
  • International Law (3 credits)
  • International Litigation & Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
  • International Tax (3 credits)
  • International Trade Law (3 credits)
  • Mediation: Representing Clients (2 credits)
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits)
  • Secured Transactions (3 credits)
  • Transactions in Emerging Markets (3 credits)

Suggested Path

Part-time students should spread out the suggested path below to account for their expected date of graduation.

Year Fall Spring Summer
  • Required courses
  • Pro bono
  • Internship
  • Study Abroad (take 6 credits in International courses including Professional Responsibility)
  • Business Organizations or  Administrative Law
  • International Law and/or International Business Transactions
  • Continue pro bono work
  • Securities Arbitration Clinic or externship
  • Taxation – Basic Federal Personal Income
  • Administrative Law or Business Organizations (whichever you have not taken yet)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • APWR course (Drafting Contracts or Drafting ADR Documents)
  • Electives:
    International Tax
    Secured Transactions
    Comparative Law
    Commercial Arbitration
    International Commercial Arbitration
    Transactions in Emerging Markets
    International Bankruptcy
  • Continue pro bono work
  • Securities Arbitration Clinic or externship
  • Summer associate position with Global law firm
  • Law clerk with Customs & Trade boutique firm
  • Judicial internship with U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Law clerk for Immigration firm
  • Internship with UNDP
  • Internship with International Organization (ICC)
  • Register on OSCAR if interested and a strong candidate for a clerkship)
  • Electives
  • Complete SWR paper on international law topic
  • Continue pro bono work
  • Clinic or externship
  • Graduation
  • Bar Exam

Course Descriptions

Alumni Spotlight: Cross-Border Transactions and International Business Counseling

Mark Meyer, J.D. 1971
Mr. Meyer is a Member in Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C./Meyer Doru & Trandafir and an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law. He was recently appointed to the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for a six-year term ending October 13, 2017. He is the President and founder of the Romanian American Chamber of Commerce and the Moldovan American Chamber of Commerce. He has been a special advisor for legal and economic matters to six European heads of state including the Presidents of Romania, Moldova and Montenegro. He has chaired the Foreign and Comparative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is a member of the City Bar’s Council on International Affairs. In 2004, the President of Romania decorated Mr. Meyer with Romania’s National Order of Merit in the Rank of Commander. In 2006, the President of the Republic of Moldova bestowed upon Mark the Republic of Moldova’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Civic Merit. As of 2009, Mr. Meyer has served as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Public International Law. Mr. Meyer’s teaching and service activities focuses on the structure and conduct of sovereign states, intergovernmental organizations and multinational corporations. He received his B.A from Fairleigh Dickinson in 1968 and a Doctor of Legal Letters honoris causa from St. John’s University School of Law in 2007.

Joseph G. Braunreuther, J.D. 1980
Mr. Braunreuther is the Senior Counsel at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for New Jersey from 1983 to 1991 before moving to Watson Farley & Williams, where he was a partner from 1991 to 1995. Previous to his current job, he returned to the Department of Justice as Executive Assistant for U.S Attorneys. He received his B.S. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1976.

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