By Andrew Cohen
LL.M. students at Berkeley Law may now pursue the school’s new Business Law LL.M. Certificate Program. This initiative enables such students gain recognition for completing of a course of study to help prepare them for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, business-oriented NGOs, and government entities.
The curricular program requires students to develop a broad background in fundamental areas of business law, giving them expertise and a foundation for professional practice. Students who meet the program requirements will be awarded an LL.M. Certificate of Specialization in Business Law at graduation.
Those requirements include completing: (1) The foundational Business Associations course; (2) three core courses among Antitrust, Corporate Finance and Law, Securities Regulation, and Income Tax I; (3) at least one additional course from those four core courses or from among 14 electives, or other relevant courses with the Certificate Administrator’s prior approval; and (4) a research paper on a business or tax law topic.
The paper requirement can be fulfilled by completing a seminar paper of 20 pages or more in one of the listed electives, an independent study, or through the “business law topic” option in the course Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students.
“We’re excited to be able to offer our LL.M. students the opportunity to earn this certificate,” says Professor Andrew Guzman, Berkeley Law’s Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Dean for International and Executive Education. “This advances our goal of integrating LL.M. students into the law school curriculum, evidences the great strength of our business law curriculum, and we hope will provide additional professional opportunities for those students that earn the certificate.”