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, 2015 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.

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 four core courses. We strongly recommend that students hoping to receive the Certificate take at least one core course in the Fall semester:

251.5 Corporate Finance and Law (only available Spring 2015 semester) 
252.2 Antitrust (offered each semester 2014-15)
255.5 Securities Regulation (offered each semester 2014-15)
259A Income Tax I (offered each semester 2014-15)

3. Completion of at least one additional course (at least 2 units) from among the core courses listed above or the following electives:

244.1  Complex Civil Litigation (Spring 2015) 
245.9 International Business Negotiations (Fall 2014)
247.1 Regulation of Capital Markets and Financial Institutions (Spring 2015)
248.5  Mergers & Acquisitions (Fall 2014) 
248.7  Fundamentals of Leveraged Buyouts (Fall 2014)
249 Introduction to Accounting and Finance (Spring 2015)
249.3 New Venture Finance (Fall 2014)
253.1 Essential Principles of Accounting and Finance in Business Litigation (Fall 2014)
253.2  Partnerships & LLC’s (Spring 2015)
255 Business Law Seminar: Venture Capital and IPO Law (Spring 2015)
255.7 US Securities Regulation of Non-US Issuers (Spring 2015)
256.6F Bankruptcy Law (Fall 2014)
256.81 Contracts and Sales for LL.M. Students (Fall 2014)
256.9 Secured Transactions, Art. 9 (Spring 2015)
257.4 Land Development and Investment: The Art of the Deal (Spring 2015)
258.5 Partnership Tax (Spring 2015)
258.7 Corporate Tax (Spring 2015)
261.1 International Business Transactions (Fall 2014)
261.2 International Commercial Arbitration (Fall 2014)
270.65 Energy Project Development & Finance (Fall 2014)
TBD380 Shareholder Activism (Spring 2015)

Other appropriate courses, with prior approval of the Certificate Administrator.

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