Business & Commercial Law Certificate
The Business & Commercial Law Certificate is a response to the longstanding demand for attorneys with expertise in the field. Completion of the certificate requirements allows a student to develop the knowledge and skills needed to begin a successful career as a business lawyer.
A student who obtains the certificate receives a solid grounding in the basic principles of business and commercial law and is familiar with many of the transactions that business and commercial lawyers commonly encounter in practice.
Students should notify the associate dean for academic affairs of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements before the end of their first full academic year.
In addition to all other Juris Doctor degree requirements, students must complete:
- Business Associations I and Business Associations II
- or Business Organizations
Any three of the following courses:
- Accounting for Lawyers
- Antitrust Law
- Banking Law
- Commercial Arbitration
- Commercial Law: Payment Systems
- Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
- Contracts II
- Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law
- Executive Compensation
- International Commerce and Investment
- Real Estate Finance
- Taxation of Business Enterprises
And any two of the following courses:
- Business Planning Seminar
- Capital Raising by Privately Held Business Firms
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Transactions: Process and Issues
- Independent Research*
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Securities Regulation
A student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in the seven courses that count toward the certificate.
*If Independent Research is selected, it must be for 2 credits; the topic must be certified in advance by the director of the certificate program as involving advanced study of business or commercial law; and the resulting paper must satisfy the standards of the upper-level writing requirement.