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 final deadline for submitting the application is April 1 of the student’s graduation year if students wish to be acknowledged in the graduation material. However, students can submit the application for the J.D. Business Law Certificate at any time following graduation but no later than June 30 of their graduation year.

Submission Process

Download the Business-Law-Certificate-Application-Form-JD_-2024-25

Follow all instructions stated on the first page of the application. 

Program Requirements

Students who meet the following requirements will be awarded a J.D. Certificate of Specialization in Business Law at graduation.

Core Courses

1. Completion of the following courses:

250 Business Associations
255.5 Securities Regulation 

2. Completion of one of the following courses:

252.2 Antitrust
Bankruptcy Law
Corporate Finance
Mergers and Acquisitions
International Business Transactions
Venture Capital Law and Finance

Other Business Law Courses

Completion of at least six 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.

Requests for a waiver or credit for courses not listed above should be sent to BCLB@law.berkeley.edu. Waivers will only be considered for elective courses. Upon sending your waiver request, you must submit your filled-out application and attach the course syllabus for the course that you wish to be considered. If a waiver has been granted, attach a copy of the email from the Certificate Administrator granting the waiver.

NOTE – Inquires about certificate requirements should be sent to BCLB@law.berkeley.edu.