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The Certificate Program

The certificate program is designed to provide JD candidates at the Rogers College of Law with the same opportunity to prepare themselves for careers in international trade and/or business law that we have offered to our LLM candidates for 16 years. It draws upon the extensive course offerings provided each year in the international law area, but it also recognizes that a good international trade and business lawyer is first and foremost, a good "business" lawyer with strong training in courses related to effective representation of business clients, whether a “Fortune 500” public corporation or a limited liability company. “International trade law” for the certificate program, as with the LLM program, covers both the “public” side (WTO/NAFTA/Customs, etc.) and the “private” side (international commercial transactions, commercial arbitration, etc.).

No notation relating to the certificate or concentration will appear on the student's official UA transcript, but a certificate suitable for framing will be provided after graduation, so that graduates have the option of publicizing their certificate as they see fit.


The requirements for the international trade and business law certificate are:




International Law Courses

1.  At least two of the following: 

            International Trade Law (3) (Gantz)
            International Commercial Transactions (3) (Kozolchyk)
            Comparative Commercial Law (3) (Kozolchyk)
            European Union Law (2) (Butler)
            International Business and Investment Structuring (2) (Raby)

            NAFTA and other Regional Trade Agreements (2) (Gantz)  

2.  At least two of the following:

            International Arbitration (2) (Hornick)
            International Environmental Law (2-3) (Gantz)
            International Intellectual Property Law (1) (Gantz)
            International Litigation (2) (White)
            Foreign Investment in Developing Nations (2) (Hornick)
            Trade and Globalization in the 21st Century (2) (Kolbe)
            Globalization and the Transformation of Culture (3) (Hershey)

            Public International Law (3) (Obiora)
            International Human Rights Law (3) (Anaya, Obiora)


U.S. Domestic Law Courses

1.  At least three of the following:

            Business Organizations (3) (Sjostrom, Sepe)

            Mergers and Acquisitions (3) (Sjostrom)
            Administrative Law (3) (Engel)
            Regulatory State (3) (Marcus, Orbach)
            Federal Income Tax Law (3, 5) (Hymel, Swain)
            UCC (Sales/software) (3) (Braucher)
            Secured Transactions (3) (Boyd, Dubovec)

2.  At least two of the following:

            Bankruptcy & Related Issus (3) (Braucher)

            Insurance Law (2) (Sakall)
            Environmental Law (3) (Engel)

            Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy (3) (Charles)

            Anti-trust law (3) (Ratner, Orbach)
            Law and Economics (3) (Orbach)
            Securities Regulation (3) (Sjostrom)
            Corporate Finance (3) (Sepe)

            Patent Law (3) (Oremland)
            Trademark Law (3)
            Copyright Law (3)
            Accounting for lawyers (2) (Hymel)
            Intellectual Property Law Survey (3) (Orbach)
            Immigration Law (3) (Silverman)
            Corporate Taxation (3) (Hymel)
            LLC, LLP and Partnership Taxation (3) (Hymel)

            Law and Entrepreneurship (2) (Hecker)


Additional qualifying courses may be approved by the advisor on a case-by-case basis.


There is some flexibility with the required courses, where, for example, some courses are not offered each year, or new ones are developed.  Professor Gantz will act as the advisor for the program, and consult on any requests for exceptions with the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. 


For JD students who take advantage of our NACLE, Puerto Rico or other foreign exchange programs, courses they take in “foreign” law and certain other subjects not shown on the course lists may be counted toward the certificate requirements, at the discretion and approval of the faculty advisor and the Vice Dean.


The minimum GPA for entering a certificate track is 2.7, and that GPA must be maintained or exceeded in order to receive the certificate at graduation.  Students may join the program at any time during their enrollment at the Rogers College of Law as long as they maintain a 2.7 GPA and meet the certificate requirements.  A student may withdraw from the program, or change programs, without penalty, by notifying the advisor.


A candidate’s published law review or journal note, or independent substantial paper on a topic related to the certificate courses, may be counted toward the certificate requirements, with the approval of the program advisor.  However, service on the Review or Journal per se does not count toward the certificate.


Updated: 04/10/2014