LL.M. Business Law Certificate

In light of the news, we wanted to clarify that the Business Certificate Application due date has remained the same, which is April 15th and through electronic submission. Considering that we are limiting in-person interactions, we have decided to mail the certificates, as long as there is a mailing address provided. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and please stay safe. 

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 deadline must be received no later than April 15, 2020 in the student’s graduating year if a student wishes to be acknowledged in the graduation material. Students can also submit the application for the LL.M. Business Law Certificate at any time following graduation and must be received no later than July 1, 2020.

Download the Business Law Certificate Application Form Here

Students who meet the following requirements will be awarded an LL.M. Certificate of Specialization in Business Law at graduation.

Core Courses

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 Law 
256.6F Bankruptcy Law
250 Business Association (please note that this course is a prerequisite for many other business law courses and is strongly recommended)
202 Contracts
256.81 Contracts and Sales for LL.M. Students
251.5 Corporate Finance
258.7 Corporate Tax
259A Income Tax
249.2 Introduction to Financial Accounting
217 Law, Economics and Business Workshop
248.5 Mergers & Acquisitions
255.5 Securities Regulation


Other Business Law Courses

Completion of 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. Students may also count up to two units categorized as “Intellectual Property and Technology Law” towards this requirement. 

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

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

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