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 14, 2017 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)
256.6F Bankruptcy Law (4 units)
251.5 Corporate Finance (4 units)
249.2/249 Introduction to Financial Accounting (2 units)
216/217 Law, Economics and Business Workshop (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 core courses listed above or the following advanced electives (NOTE: some electives may be removed or added; if there is insufficient enrollment, an elective may be dropped):

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)
257.5 Construction 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)
257.64 Contemporary Corporate Governance Seminar (2 units)
257.7 Deal Workshop: Mergers and Acquisitions (1 unit)
245.4 Drafting and Negotiating Sports Law Contracts (3 units)
270.65 Energy Project Development and Finance (3 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)
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)
251.6 International Finance (2 units)
255 International Securities Regulation (1 unit)
249.2 Introduction to Financial Accounting (2 units)
TBD Investment Banking (3 units)
257.4 Land Development: The Art of the Deal (3 units)
216/217 Law, Economics and Business Workshop (2 units)
218.6 Law and Economics of Discrimination (1 unit)
248.5 Mergers and Acquisitions (3 units)
255.1 Negotiating Hollywood Contracts (1 unit)
256.12 New Business Counseling Practicum (1-4 units)
261.15 New Business Counseling Practicum Seminar (2 units)
249.3 Selected Topics in Venture Capital (1 unit)
253.2 Partnerships and LLCs (1 unit)
258.5 Partnership Tax (3 units)
TBD Private Equity Playbook (3 units)
257 Real Estate Transactions and Litigation (3 units)
247.1 Regulation of Capital Markets & Financial Institutions (2 units)
255.4 Representing Professional Athletes (1 unit)
255.5 Securities Regulation (4 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)
255.6 Topics in Sports Law (3 units)
256.1/256.2 Transactional Drafting for LL.M Students (1 unit)
TBD Venture Capital Deal Bootcamp (1 unit)
251.9 Venture Funds: Structuring, Advising and Regulation (2 units)


BCLBE Lunch Lectures

4. Attend a minimum of three BCLBE Lunch Lectures each semester. Please contact BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu to ensure you are on the mailing list for the BCLBE Lunch Lectures.


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