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 13, 2018 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 following graduation.

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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):

248.9 Antitrust
256.6F Bankruptcy Law
251.5 Corporate Finance
249.2 Introduction to Financial Accounting
217 Law, Economics and Business Workshop
257.7 Mergers and Acquisitions
255.5 Securities Regulation

 

Other Business Law Courses

3. Completion of at least four additional courses (aggregating to at least eight additional units) categorized as “Business Law” in the Berkeley Law schedule of classes. Students may use a Required Course not utilized above towards this requirement, however, Required Courses will not be double-counted.

Requests for waivers or credit for courses not listed above should be sent to BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu.

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