Business Law Certificate

The School of Law business law certificate is designed for those students wishing to focus on business or transactional law and prepare themselves for a business law practice or to enhance their career prospects in the business field in general. The program provides a strong framework in the fundamentals of business and transactional law and skills through coursework.

Typical Career Goals

Student lawyers interviewing a clientThe program will prepare qualified JD degree and post-JD candidates for a wide variety of business and transactional law practices and, for non-law students, it will help provide a strong foundation for legal aspects of the business environment. The program will help prepare law students to compete for careers in law firms with sophisticated business practices or to transition into a variety of other opportunities, whether at law firms, as in-house counsel for businesses, or in solo practice.


Admission Requirements

The student must satisfy one of the following requirements: (1) be currently enrolled in the JD program at the School of Law or be admitted as a visiting JD student at the School of Law; (2) hold a JD degree from an accredited law school; (3) be enrolled in the LLM program at the School of Law; or (4) be admitted by the associate dean for academic affairs or that dean’s designee as otherwise qualified to complete the certificate requirements successfully. The associate dean for academic affairs, or designee, may limit the number of students eligible to pursue the certificate at any one time.

Required Courses*

At least one of the following skills courses:

  • Business Lawyering Skills (LAWW 5213) (3 Credits)
  • Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating (LAWW 6483) (3 Credits)

At least one of the following writing course options:

  • Business Drafting (LAWW 4062) (2 Credits)
  • An independent research project on a business law topic approved in advance by the associate dean for academic affairs or that dean’s designee. (LAWW 602V) (2 Credits minimum)

Two or more hours of drafting lab courses that are associated with one of the Core Business Courses.

Experiential capstone: Corporate Counsel Externship (LAWW 6814) (4 Credits) or other experiential capstone course approved as a substitute by the associate dean for academic affairs, or that dean’s designee.

*It is assumed that all students seeking the certificate will enter the program having already successfully completed, as part of their JD degree program or other qualifying studies, the following basic business law courses (or equivalent): Contracts (LAWW 4024) (4 Credits) Business Organizations (LAWW 4294) (4 Credits), and Federal Income Tax of Individuals (LAWW 6933) (3 Credits).

Elective Courses

At least nine (9) credits of elective business law programming, from the following two categories:

Category A Electives

At least two (2) of the following Core Business Classes:

  • Law & Accounting (LAWW 4442) (2 Credits)
  • Advanced Corporations (LAWW 629V) (2 or 3 Credits)
  • Debtor-Creditor Relations (LAWW 599V) (3 or 4 Credits)
  • Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities (LAWW 6253) (3 Credits)
  • International Business Transactions (LAWW 7302) (2 Credits)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (LAWW 5002) (2 Credits)
  • Real Estate Transactions (LAWW 5133) (3 Credits)
  • Securities Regulation (LAWW 500V) (2 or 3 Credits)
  • WTO, NAFTA, & EU Law (LAWW 6303) (3 Credits)

Category B Electives

The following Optional Curriculum Courses will count toward the nine (9) credits of elective business law programming:

  • Administrative Law (LAWW 5163)( 3 Credits)
  • Agricultural Cooperatives (LAWW 7752) (2 Credits)
  • Antitrust Law (LAWW 6133) (3 Credits)
  • Banking Law (LAWW 7093) (3 Credits)
  • Bankruptcy (LAWW 6613) (3 Credits)
  • Bankruptcy Reorganizations (LAWW 7602) (2 Credits)
  • Business & Commercial Torts: Unfair Competition (LAWW 5243) (3 Credits)
  • Copyright & Trademark (LAWW 6703) (3 Credits)
  • Doing Business with Indian Tribes (LAWW 500V) (2 Credits)
  • Employment Law (LAWW 6523) (3 Credits)
  • Environmental Law (LAWW 6913) (3 Credits)
  • Intellectual Property (LAWW 633V) (2 or 3 Credits)
  • International Ag Trade Law (LAWW 500V) (3 Credits)
  • Labor Law (LAWW 5513) (3 Credits)
  • Legal Clinic: Transactional (LAWW 6393) (3 Credits)
  • Negotiable Instruments (LAWW 5313) (3 Credits)
  • Nonprofit Corporations (LAWW 500V) (2 or 3 Credits)
  • Patent Law (LAWW 6922) (2 Credits)
  • Sales and Leasing (LAWW 5303) (3 Credits)
  • Transnational Negotiations (2 Credits)
  • Worker’s Compensation (LAWW 6192) (2 Credits)
  • Workplace Legislation (LAWW 6193) (3 Credits)

Student lawyer conferring with a client in courtUp to three (3) hours of coursework in the Walton College of Business, approved in advance by the associate dean for academic affairs, or that dean’s designee. Such additional elective courses as may be approved by the associate dean for academic affairs, or that dean’s designee.

Extracurricular Course of Study. Students must attend at least 250 minutes of extracurricular programming sponsored by the business law society or approved in advance by the associate dean for academic affairs, or that dean’s designee. At least 50 minutes of the student’s extracurricular programming time must be on topics related to ethics or professional responsibility.

General Requirements – JD candidates

Our JD students must declare their intention to complete the program before the spring of their third year of legal studies by notifying the associate dean for academic affairs or that dean’s designee. The student must have an overall law school GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in certificate courses at the time he or she declares. In order to successfully receive the certificate upon graduation, the student must successfully complete the required courses, earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses, and an overall GPA of 2.75.

General Requirements – JD visitors

Those currently earning a JD at another ABA accredited law school but visiting here may earn the business law certificate. They must apply to the associate dean for academic affairs, or designee, before the spring of their third year of legal studies. These students can satisfy certificate course credits with courses taken at their own law school, but must take at least 12 credits in certificate courses here. Also, they must complete corporate counsel externship program or other approved experiential capstone course here.

The student must have an overall law school GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in certificate courses at the time he or she applies. In order to successfully receive the certificate, the student must successfully complete the required courses, earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses.

General Requirements – Post-JD candidates

Those who have already earned a JD degree from an accredited law school in the United States may also earn a certificate. They must apply to the associate dean for academic affairs, or designee, before commencing the program.

For the purposes of this program, post-JD candidates can determine their GPA within the program based in part on courses completed elsewhere. These candidates must satisfy all the required courses, at least 12 credits of which must be taken here, and they must complete the corporate counsel externship program or other approved experiential capstone course here. Post-JD candidates must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 from the school that conferred their law degree. To complete the program, they must earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses.

General Requirements – LLM candidates

Our LLM candidates must notify the associate dean for academic affairs one month before enrollment in the LLM program of their intention to complete the program and must have the approval of the director of the LLM program.

For the purposes of this program, LLM candidates can determine their GPA within the program based in part on courses completed elsewhere. LLM candidates must satisfy all the required courses, at least 12 credits of which must be taken here, and must take the corporate counsel externship or other approved experiential capstone course here.

To declare, an LLM candidate must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 from the school that conferred their law degree. To complete the program, they must earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses, an overall GPA of 2.75. 5-1509.

General Requirements – Non-JD / Non-LLM candidates

Post-baccalaureate students who are not enrolled as JD or LLM students at the law school (and do not have a JD degree) may also earn a certificate. They must apply to the associate dean for academic affairs, or designee, before commencing the program. If they have taken at least 12 credits of the required certificate courses at another ABA accredited law school, their GPA in those courses must be at least 3.0 to apply. If they have not, their undergraduate cumulative GPA must be at least 3.5. For the purposes of this program, these students can determine their GPA within the program based in part on courses completed elsewhere.

To earn the certificate, these students must complete all the required courses, at least 12 credits of which must be taken here, and they must complete the approved experiential capstone course here. To complete the program, they must also earn a GPA of 3.2 in certificate courses.

For more information about the Business Law Certificate, Please contact Professor Will Foster at wfoster@uark.edu or (479) 575-3059.