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Certificate in Business and Commercial Law

To receive a Certificate in Business and Commercial Law, students must complete a minimum of 21 credits consisting of the required courses (10 credits), 9 credits in the elective courses and at least 2 credits in designated skills courses. The course requirements are listed in the Business and Commercial Law Certificate Worksheet. Students must also complete the writing requirement on a business law topic. Students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses in the certificate program to complete the certificate requirements. Additionally, students must earn at least a grade of C+ in any individual course that is counted toward the certificate.


In addition, to successfully complete the certificate program, a student must complete the writing requirement for graduation on a topic in business law as approved by the Faculty Advisor unless the writing requirement is completed in a course listed as a core or elective course for the certificate.

Business and Commercial Certificate Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the substantive and procedural law related to business and commercial law by completing the certificate course requirements;

2. Students will demonstrate effective written communication by conducting comprehensive research on matters of business and commercial law and producing a substantial written work based on that research on a topic approved by the certificate advisory; and

3. Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and apply business and commercial law concepts and provide legal advice in an experiential setting including classroom simulations or a field placement (clinic/externship) in the area of business and commercial law.


Students must apply for admission to a Designated Faculty Advisor for the Business and Commercial Law Certificate Program.  A student may apply for admission beginning with the registration period for the third semester of law school. However, no application may be made after the drop/add period in the students final semester.