LL.M. & M.S.L. Certificates

LL.M. & M.S.L. Certificates:

  • Allow students to develop their skills and knowledge in a specific area of law without requiring additional time or tuition.
  • Make students more marketable to employers by providing a credential attesting to their competency, commitment and training.
  • Ensure that students receive recognition for the successful completion of a specialized course of study. 
  • Provide students with a road map for curriculum planning.

How to Earn a Certificate

Certificates are awarded only when a candidate successfully completes the requirements for the degree sought.

LL.M. Core Courses

All LL.M. candidates must take at least four (4) of the following core courses:

Core Course Credits
Administrative Law 3
Constitutional Law 4
Constitutional Law for LL.M. Students 3
Contracts I 3
Contracts I: Introduction to Contracts 3
Contracts II 3
Contracts and Sales for LL.M. Students 3
Criminal Law 3
Criminal Procedure Investigation 3
Criminal Law and Procedure for LL.M. Students 4
Cyberspace Law 2
Intellectual Property Law 3
Real Property I 4
Real Property II 3
Real Property for LL.M. Students 3
Remedies 3
Torts I 3
Torts II 2
Trial Practice Civil or Trial Practice Criminal 3

M.S.L. Core Courses

For M.S.L. Government Contracting students, the requirements are listed under the Government Contracting Certificate. All other M.S.L. candidates must take at least four (4) of the following core courses:

Core Course Credits
Administrative Law 3
Business Finance 4
Constitutional Law 4
Contracts I 2
Contracts I: Introduction to Contracts 3
Contracts II 3
Contracts II: Government Contracting 3
Criminal Law 3
Criminal Procedure Investigation 3
Cyberspace Law 2
Intellectual Property Law 3
Program and Project Management 4
Real Property I 4
Real Property II 3
Remedies 3
Torts I 3
Torts II 3

M.S.L. AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY

M.S.L. candidates and international students in the residential program are also required to take one (1) of the following courses:

Course Credits
Introduction to Business Law 3
Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3

Applied Business Law Certificate

Applied Business Law explores the application of business law to real-world business decisions. Topics covered include alternative dispute resolution, business lifecycle management, business organizations, income tax, employment law, and secured transactions. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be equipped with the legal and business skills necessary to work effectively with entrepreneurs and business entities.

applied business LAW CERTIFICATE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

To earn a certificate, students must satisfy all requirements for the LL.M. or M.S.L. and successfully complete the required Business Organizations course. Electives (totaling 9 to 15 credits) required to complete the degree must be selected from the list below. Students who successfully complete the required and elective courses from the certificate’s specified curriculum, achieving a cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0, will be eligible to receive the certificate.

Required Course Credits
Business Organizations 3
Elective Courses Credits
Antitrust Law 3
Capstone: Advanced Dispute Resolution 4
Capstone: Business Planning for the Small Business 4
Corporate Compliance & Ethics 3
Creditors’ Rights 3
Electronic Commerce 2
Employment Discrimination 3
International Business Transactions 2
Law Practice Management 2
Securities Regulation 3
Transactional Drafting 2
UCC: Payment Systems 3
UCC: Secured Transactions 3

In exceptional cases, the Associate Dean has the ability to substitute an elective course for a required course.

Criminal Law Certificate

Criminal Law regulates conduct that society as a whole considers so harmful that it is prohibited, prosecuted, and punished. Students pursuing this certificate will learn the basics of criminal law and procedure and will also explore advanced topics such as white collar crime and trial advocacy. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be prepared to succeed as criminal law practitioners or policymakers.

CRIMINAL LAW CERTIFICATE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

To earn a certificate, students must satisfy all requirements for the LL.M. or M.S.L. and successfully complete the required Criminal Law course. Electives (totaling 9 to 15 credits) required to complete the degree must be selected from the list below. Students who successfully complete the required and elective courses from the certificate’s specified curriculum, achieving a cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0, will be eligible to receive the certificate. 

Required Course  Credits 
Criminal Law 3
Elective Courses Credits 
Capstone: Criminal Advocacy 4
Capstone: Cybercrime 4
Criminal Law Lab 1
Criminal Procedure Adjudication 3
Criminal Procedure Investigation Doctrine & Skills 3
Cyberspace Law 2
Federal Criminal Law 3
Law Practice Management 2
Social Media and Criminal Law 1
The Jury 2
Trial Practice-Criminal 3
White Collar Crime 2

In exceptional cases, the Associate Dean has the ability to substitute an elective course for a required course.

Cyberlaw Certificate

Cyberlaw examines the legal issues that arise when a computer or the Internet is used to communicate or exchange information. Topics covered include cybercrimes, cybersecurity, cyberterrorism, cyberwar, digital privacy, electronic publishing, online mediation, social media, video gaming, and virtual legal services. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be well prepared to address legal problems raised by the increased use of technology in a global society. 

cyberlaw Certificate Course requirements

To earn a certificate, students must satisfy all requirements for the LL.M. or M.S.L. and successfully complete the required Cyberspace Law course. Electives (totaling 9 to 15 credits) required to complete the degree must be selected from the list below. Students who successfully complete the required and elective courses from the certificate’s specified curriculum, achieving a cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0, will be eligible to receive the certificate.

Required Course Credits
Cyberspace Law 2
Elective Courses  Credits
Capstone: Cybercrime 4
Electronic Commerce 2
EU Privacy Law 2
Electronic Discovery 2
Law and the Internet of Things 2
Legal Innovations Law 2
Privacy Law  2
Social Media Law 3
Unbundling and the Future of Law  3
Virtual and Online Mediation 1

In exceptional cases, the Associate Dean has the ability to substitute an elective course for a required course.

Government Contracting and Procurement Certificate (M.S.L. Only)

Government Contracting and Procurement careers require purchasing and contractual negotiation and drafting skills. Students pursuing this certificate will learn the art of high-stakes negotiations and will acquire the skills that lawyers use to draft contracts. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be prepared to resolve business disputes and manage large procurement projects.

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING AND PROCUREMENT CERTIFICATE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

To earn a certificate in Government Contracting and Procurement (GCP), students must complete the following courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Required Courses Credits
Contracts I: Introduction to Contracts 3
Program and Project Management 4
Contracts II: Government Contracting 3
Negotiation & ADR 3
Contracts III: Drafting (Contracts I and Contracts II are pre-requisites for this course.) 4
Capstone (Students must have completed at least 20 credit hours of the GCP Certificate program prior to enrolling in this course.) 3

Students seeking this certificate are also strongly encouraged to take Introduction to Business Law, Business Finance, and Business Ethics.

Intellectual Property Law Certificate

Intellectual Property Law  explores the legal issues relating to the representation of clients in the field of intellectual property, which includes the areas of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law, and media and entertainment law. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be well prepared to address legal issues involving the encouragement, protection, and exploitation of  innovation, technology, creativity, and resulting intellectual property assets.

intellectual property law Certificate COURSE requirements

To earn a certificate, students must satisfy all requirements for the LL.M. or M.S.L. and successfully complete the required Intellectual Property Law course. Electives (totaling 9 to 15 credits) required to complete the degree must be selected from the list below. Students who successfully complete the required and elective courses from the certificate’s specified curriculum, achieving a cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0, will be eligible to receive the certificate.

Required Course Credits
Intellectual Property 3
Elective Courses Credits
Antitrust Law 3
Commercialization of Intellectual Property 4
Copyright Law 2
Capstone: Trademark Prosecution and Practice 4
Entertainment Law 3
International Intellectual Property Law 2
Licensing and Intellectual Property 2
Patent Law 2
Trade Secret Law 2
Trademarks and Unfair Competition 2

In exceptional cases, the Associate Dean has the ability to substitute an elective course for a required course.

United States Legal Practice Certificate

The Certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the fundamental terms, rules, and principles of American Law as well as the structures, processes, and procedures of the American legal system. It is further intended to help students develop the issue-spotting, analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills needed to pass the bar examination. In addition, the certificate program is designed to help students develop and demonstrate competency in the skills needed in United States legal practice, including legal research skills and identification and resolution of ethical and other professional dilemmas. The Certificate in United States Legal Practice will be offered in an asynchronous entirely online format. In limited cases, students may also be allowed to apply on-campus coursework or transfer credit towards the United States Legal Practice certificate. However, transfer credits may impact potential bar eligibility for LL.M. students. It is the responsibility of LL.M. candidates to explore bar eligibility requirements and the potential impact of transfer credit on that eligibility.

United States Legal Practice Certificate Course Requirements

To earn a certificate in United States Legal Practice, students must complete the required and core courses for the LL.M. degree in American & Transnational Law and the required United States Legal Practice courses from the list below. Students who successfully complete these courses, within three years of matriculation and achieve a cumulative certificate GPA of 2.2, will be eligible to receive the certificate.

Required Courses Credits
Business Associations for LL.M. Students 2
Civil Procedure for LL.M. Students  3
Evidence for LL.M. Students 2
Legal Analysis, Reasoning, Research, Writing and Communication for LL.M. Students 2
Professional Responsibility for LL.M. Students 2
Torts for LL.M. Students 2
Trusts and Estates for LL.M. Students 2
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