J.D. Business Law Certificate

The Business Law Certificate Program allows students to receive recognition for successful completion of a rigorous course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, to business-oriented NGOs, and to government entities. The curricular program requires students to develop a broad background in fundamental areas of law while also receiving advanced training in business practice and skills. Students completing the program will have breadth, expertise and preparation for future growth. Students are allowed (but are not required) to exercise some freedom in focusing their training on either the “transaction” or “litigation” concentrations within business law.

The following are the requirements for the J.D. Business Law Certificate.

The application must be received no later than April 15, 2016 if students wish to be
acknowledged in the graduation material. However, students can submit the application for the
Business Law Certificate at any time.

Download the submission guidelines and fillable application form here.
Click here for the Request For Law School Transcript.

Core Courses

1. Completion of the following courses:

250 Business Associations (4 units)
255.5 Securities Regulation (4 units)

2. Completion of one of the following courses:

252.2 Antitrust (4 units)
251.5 Corporate Finance (4 units)
253.1 Essential Principles of Accounting and Finance (2 units)
259A Income Tax I (4 units)
249.2/249 Introduction to Financial Accounting/Introduction to Accounting and Finance (2 units)
248.5 Mergers and Acquisitions (3 units)


Elective Courses

Completion of at least three additional courses (aggregating to at least six additional units) from the following advanced electives (NOTE: some electives may be added; if there is insufficient enrollment, an elective may be dropped):

252.8 Advance Practice in Mergers & Acquisitions (2 units)
252.2 Antitrust (4 units)
256.6F Bankruptcy Law (4 units)
256.11 Business Law Bootcamp (1 unit)
255 Business Law Seminar: Venture Capital and IPO Law (2 units)
251.5 Corporate Finance (4 units)
258.7 Corporate Tax (3 units)
245.4 Drafting and Negotiating Sports Law Contracts (3 units)
255.8 Dodd-Frank Act Regulation (1 unit)
270.65 Energy Project Development and Finance (3 units)
253.1 Essential Principles of Accounting and Finance (2 units)
248.7 Fundamentals of Leveraged Buyouts (2 units)
251.9 Hedge Funds: Structuring, Advising and Regulating (2 units)
259A Income Tax I (4 units)
254.5 Insurance Law (3 units)
245.9 International Business Negotiations (3 units)
261.1 International Business Transactions (3 units)
255.7 International Securities Regulation (1 unit)
249.2/249 Introduction to Financial Accounting/Introduction to Accounting and Finance (2 units)
252 Islamic Finance and Transactions in Contemporary Practice (2 units)
257.4 Land Development and Investment: The Art of the Deal (3 units)
216/217 Law and Economics Workshop (2 units)
248.5 Mergers and Acquisitions (3 units) 
256.12 New Business Counseling Practicum (1-4 units)
256.15 New Business Counseling Practicum Seminar (2 units)
249.3 New Venture Finance/Selected Topics in Venture Capital (1 unit) 
253.2 Partnership and LLCs (2 units)
258.5 Partnerships Tax (3 units)
257 Real Estate Transactions and Litigation (3 units)
272.75 Real World M&A (1 unit)
247.1 Regulation of Capital Markets and Financial Institutions (2 units)
256.9 Secured Transactions (3 units)
252.4 Shareholder Activism (3 units)
248.9 Silicon Valley Antitrust (2 units)
258.2 Social Enterprise Law (2 units)
256.5 Structuring and Negotiating Complex Financial Transactions (1 unit)
257.64 Topics in Corporate Governance (1 unit)
255.6 Topics in Sports Law (3 units)
256.8 Transactional Drafting Seminar (no longer offered)
255 Venture Capital (2 units)

One of the advanced electives may be satisfied by another appropriate course, with prior approval of the Certificate Administrator. For example, such a course might be a business, economics, or science/engineering course of particular interest to a candidate who can demonstrate the relevance of the course to his or her preparation for professional practice.

Inquiries about certificate requirements should be sent to BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu.