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Requirements for Technology and Entrepreneurship Law Certificate

To obtain a Certificate in Technology and Entrepreneurship Law, J.D. students must take a total of at least 21 units of the Mandatory and Elective Courses listed below. Students must take all Mandatory Courses and at least 4 units from the courses listed below under the Core Elective category. The remaining credits can be earned through courses listed below under the Core Elective or Non-Core Elective categories. Note that not all listed courses are offered every year.

 Click Here For: Mandatory Courses

  • Patent Law (3)
  • Business Organizations (4)
  • Taxation (4)


 Click Here For: "Core" Elective Courses

  • Business Planning (4)
  • Counseling the Startup (2)
  • Deal Strategy, Structure and Negotiation (4)
  • Deals (3)
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (3)
  • Patent Litigation (3)
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution (3)
  • Technology Transactions (3)
  • Venture Capital Law and Finance (2 or 3)


 Click Here For: "Non-Core" Elective Courses

  • Antitrust (3)
  • Business Bankruptcy (3)
  • Business for Lawyers (2)
  • Business Literacy (3)
  • Communications Law (3)
  • Contract Drafting, Analysis, and Negotiation (2)
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation (2)
  • Contract Drafting and Strategy (2)
  • Corporate Finance (3)
  • Corporate Taxation (4)
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Online Dispute Resolution (3)
  • Fundamental Business Principles (3)
  • General Counsel Practicum (1)
  • Intellectual Property (3)
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic (4)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing (2)
  • Internet Law (2)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (2)
  • Partnership Taxation (3)
  • Partnerships and LLCs (2)
  • Privacy Law (3)
  • Secured Transactions (2)
  • Securities Regulation (3)
  • Small Business Clinic (4)
  • Topics in Corporate Law: Legal Negotiation (1)
  • Video Game Law in Practice (2)


No more than 4 units of the mandatory or elective Courses may be taken CR/D/F. The General Counsel Practicum does not count against this 4-unit limit.

Other courses at the Law School or at other parts of the University or at other universities may count as elective Courses or may substitute for mandatory Courses with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Students may earn certificates in both Business Law and Technology and Entrepreneurship Law. Several courses may count toward both certificates.

Classes taken at other schools count toward the units required for the certificate, even if the student chooses not to have those units count toward the J.D.

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