Business Law Certificate (For LL.M. Executive Track)

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The Business Law LL.M. Certificate program allows LL.M. students to prepare for professional practice as legal advisors to businesses, to business-oriented NGOs, and to government entities. Offered in conjunction with the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, the curricular program requires students to develop a background in fundamental areas of business law. Students completing the program will have breadth of knowledge, deep expertise and a foundation for professional practice.

In their graduating semester, executive track students who earn 11 or more units of Business Law courses upon graduation may apply for an LL.M. Certificate of Specialization in Business Law.

These courses must include:

  • At least four of the following courses:
    • Advanced IT Contracts
    • Anticorruption Compliance
    • Antitrust Law
    • Blockchain for Lawyers
    • Business Associations (please note that this course is a prerequisite for many other business law courses and is strongly recommended)
    • Contracts
    • Corporate Finance
    • International Business Negotiations
    • International Business Transactions
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Regulating Banking and FinTech
    • Regulated Digital Industries
    • Regulation and Policy of Crypto and web3
    • Securities Regulation
    • Sustainable Capitalism & ESG 
    • Transactional Drafting
    • Understanding Financial Crises
    • Venture Capital in Practice
    • Venture Capital Law and Finance
  • The combined total number of units must be at least 11 units.

There are two review deadlines for the LL.M. Executive Track Business Law:

June 24, 2024 (Summer Graduates)

December 6, 2024 (December Graduates)

Applications will be reviewed on these two dates, and not on a rolling basis. These dates are to accommodate those students who graduate at different times of the year.


Download the Business-Law-Certificate-Application-Form-here

NOTE – Inquires about certificate requirements should be sent to