LL.M. Business Law Certificate

The Business Law LL.M. Certificate Program allows LL.M. students to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study to prepare for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, to business-oriented NGOs, and to government entities. The curricular program requires students to develop a background in fundamental areas of business law. Students completing the program will have breadth, expertise and a foundation for professional practice.

The following are the requirements for the LL.M. 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 LL.M. Business Law Certificate at any time.

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Students who meet the following requirements will be awarded an LL.M. Certificate of Specialization in Business Law at graduation.

Core Courses

1. Completion of the foundational 250 Business Associations course (while offered each
semester, this course is a prerequisite for many other Business Law Certificate requirements so it is strongly recommended that students pursuing the Certificate enroll in Business Associations in the Fall semester). Students who have passed an equivalent Business Associations class in an accredited American Law School should contact BCLBE at BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu.

2. Completion of two of the following courses (we strongly recommend that students hoping to receive the Certificate take at least one core course in the Fall semester):

252.2 Antitrust (4 units)
251.5 Corporate Finance (4 units)
253.1 Essential Principles of Accounting and Finance (2 units)
249.2/249 Introduction to Financial Accounting/Introduction to Accounting and Finance (2 units)
217 Law and Economics Workshop (Spring Semester) (2 units)
248.5 Mergers and Acquisitions (3 units)
255.5 Securities Regulation (4 units)


Elective Courses

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

252.2 Antitrust (4 units)
256.11 Business Law Bootcamp (1 unit)
255 Business Law Seminar: Venture Capital and IPO Law (2 units)
256.81 Contracts and Sales for LL.M Students (3 units)
251.5 Corporate Finance (4 units)
258.7 Corporate Tax (3 units)
245.4 Drafting and Negotiating Sports Law Contracts (3 units)
270.65 Energy Project Development and Finance (3 units)
270.65 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)
249.2/249 Introduction to Financial Accounting/Introduction to Accounting and Finance (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)
261.15 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 Partnership tax (3 units)
257 Real Estate Transactions and Litigation ( 3 units)
272.75 Real World M&A (1 unit)
255.5 Securities Regulation (4 units)
256.9 Secured Transactions (3 units)
248.9 Silicon Valley Antitrust (2 units)
256.5 Structuring and Negotiating Complex Financial Transactions ( 1 unit)
255.6 Topics in Sports Law (3 units)


Note: Inquiries about certificate requirements should be sent to BCLBE.