Certificate in Civil Law Studies

The Certificate of Civil Law Studies is designed to help prepare law students who intend to practice in Louisiana for such practice by familiarizing them with the mixed legal system of Louisiana. Students who complete the certificate program will have an understanding of the core subjects of the Louisiana Civil Code and the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure as well as an understanding of both dominant legal systems in the Western world, Civil Law and Common Law. This certificate may be earned in addition to a certificate offered in a specific practice area.

To earn the Certificate in Civil Law Studies, students must have completed all requirements for graduation and have taken and received a grade of C or better in at least 12 credit hours (15 credit hours for students entering in 2015 and thereafter) of Civil Law courses designated in the law school catalog. Students who desire to complete the requirements for this certificate should consult with the Director of Center for Civil Law Studies prior to registration for courses for the student’s third semester.

Application for the certificate must be made by the same deadline set for applications for graduation. Application should be made to the Director of Student Records.

MC Law awards a Certificate of Civil Law Studies to students who complete all requirements for graduation and who have taken and received a grade of C or better in at least 12 semester credit hours of designated Civil Law courses.

Required Course:

Course Description
LAW 707 Civil Law Obligations
 Select 9 credit hours from the following:
LAW 709 Civil Law of Successions and Donations
LAW 711 Civil Law Property
LAW 717 Louisiana Civil Procedure
LAW 708 Civil Law of Persons and Family
LAW 718 Civil Law Matrimonial Regimes
LAW 713 Louisiana Security Devices
LAW 735 Civil Law Sales and Leases

Additional Information:

The Certificate of Civil Law Studies is designed to help prepare law students who intend to practice in Louisiana for such practice by familiarizing them with the mixed legal system of Louisiana. Much of Louisiana’s legal heritage is derived from the civil law tradition of France and Spain. Students who complete the certificate program will have an understanding of the core subjects of the Louisiana Civil Code and the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure. They will also have an understanding of both of the dominant legal traditions of the Western world, Civil Law and Common Law.

Students who desire to complete the requirements for the certificate should consult with the Associate Dean prior to preregistration for courses in the students’ third semester.

Application for the certificate must be made by the same deadline set for applications for graduation.

Note: Effective for students entering in academic year 2015-2016, students will be required to take 15 credits qualifying credits in addition to Civil Law Obligations.