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Business Law Certificate

Earning a certificate in Business Law in addition to your LLM degree helps you acquire the diverse legal, business and negotiating skills required to succeed in business law practice. It also offers you a credential that demonstrates your specialized training in this thriving and wide-ranging field.

You may concurrently earn multiple certificates offered by USC Gould. Some courses count toward more than one certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Business Law certificate, you must take at least 12 units of mandatory and elective courses, as outlined below.

Mandatory Courses

  • Business Organizations

Electives (at least 8 units required)

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy
  • ADR Clause Drafting
  • Advanced Contracts
  • Advanced Legal Writing for International Business Lawyers
  • Analytical Methods for Lawyers
  • Antitrust Law I
  • Bankruptcy: Debtors and Creditors
  • Business for Lawyers
  • Business Planning
  • Commercial Paper
  • Contracts (LLM)
  • Contract Drafting, Analysis and Negotiation
  • Contract Drafting and Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Corporate Reorganization
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Deals
  • Dealmaking (LLM)
  • Entertainment Dealmaking: Television and Online Media
  • Insurance Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Sale of Goods
  • International Trade Policy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Partnerships and LLCs
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Real Estate Law and Business I
  • Real Estate Law and Business II
  • Real Estate Transaction Problems
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Fraud
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation
  • Technology Transactions
  • Topics in Corporate Law: Legal Negotiation
  • Topics in Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Topics in Entertainment Law: Legal and Business Issues in the Digital Age
  • Transactional Practice: The Syndicated Loan Agreement
  • Venture Capital Law and Finance
  • Video Game Law in Practice

USC Marshall School of Business courses

  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

You may choose to take one graduate-level course at USC Marshall. To request enrollment, email gipreg@law.usc.edu with the course name and number.

Not all courses are offered every year. Courses are open to all students, not just those pursuing a certificate. You must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 in your certificate coursework to receive the certificate.

Per American Bar Association requirements, courses taken outside USC Gould do not count toward the LLM degree. In addition, the New York Bar does not recognize USC Marshall School of Business courses.

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