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 14, 2017 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)
256.6F Bankruptcy Law (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 Introduction to Financial Accounting (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 removed or added; if there is insufficient enrollment, an elective may be dropped). Core courses will not be double-counted.

252.8 Advance Practice in Mergers & Acquisitions (2 units)
TBD  Advising Corporate Clients on Financial Regulation (1 unit) 
TBD Anatomy of a Deal Litigation: RBC v. Jervis (2 units) 
252.2 Antitrust (4 units)
252.8 Antitrust Investigations and Litigation (2 units) 
256.6F Bankruptcy Law (4 units)
256.11 Business Law Bootcamp (1 unit)
263.11 Business Law in Japan and the U.S. (2 units) 
255 Business Law Seminar: Venture Capital and IPO Law (2 units)
257.5 Construction 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)
257.66 Executive Compensation: Legal Fundamentals and Practical Application (1 unit) 
261U European Union Law (3 units) 
249.4 Financial Management of Non-Profits (1 unit) 
249.1 Financial Statement Analysis (1 unit) 
248.7 Fundamentals of Leveraged Buyouts (2 units)
257.8 Governance in Venture Capital: The Dual Fiduciary Problem (1 unit) 
251.9 Hedge Funds: Structuring, Advising and Regulating (2 units)
259A Income Tax I (4 units)
254.5 Insurance Law (3 units)
TBD  International Antitrust Law (2 units)
245.9 International Business Negotiations (3 units)
261.1 International Business Transactions (3 units)
251.6 International Finance (2 units) 
255.7 International Securities Regulation (1 unit)
249.2 Introduction to Financial Accounting (2 units)
TBD Investment Banking (3 units) 
252 Islamic Finance and Transactions in Contemporary Practice (2 units)
257.4 Land Development and Investment: The Art of the Deal (3 units)
218.6 Law and Economics of Discrimination (1 unit) 
216 Law, Economics and Business Workshop (2 units)
248.5 Mergers and Acquisitions (3 units) 
255.1 Negotiating Hollywood Contracts (1 unit)
256.12 New Business Counseling Practicum (1-4 units)
256.15 New Business Counseling Practicum Seminar (2 units)
249.3 Selected Topics in Venture Capital (1 unit) 
253.2 Partnership and LLCs (2 units)
258.5 Partnerships Tax (3 units)
TBD  Private Equity Playbook ( 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)
255.4 Representing Professional Athletes (1 unit)
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)
256.2 Transactional Drafting (1 unit)
255 Venture Capital (2 units)
TBD Venture Capital Deal Bootcamp (1 unit) 
251.9 Venture Funds: Structuring, Advising and Regulation (2 units) 


Note: If a waiver of one of the electives has been granted, attach a copy of the email from the Certificate Administrator granting the waiver.  


Inquires about certificates requirements should be sent to BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu