Business Law (J.D. Certificate)

This program gives students the opportunity to explore a broad range of business-related topics to prepare for careers as business lawyers.

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Business law refers to a broad spectrum of laws and practices that govern the establishment of new businesses, the raising of capital, the lending of money, the financing of projects, and a wide variety of other transactions.

Students in the J.D. Certificate in Business Law program gain a solid understanding of the basic principles of business and commercial law and gain familiarity with the increasingly complex regulatory environment that business lawyers commonly encounter in practice.

Students learn about traditional subjects such as business organizations, securities regulation, and taxation. Students can also focus on individual interests by taking elective courses such as E-Commerce, International Capital Markets, Employment Relationships, and Futures Regulation.

Program Overview

Students learn about traditional subjects such as business organizations, securities regulation, and taxation. Students can also focus on individual interests by taking elective courses such as E-Commerce, International Capital Markets, Employment Relationships, and Futures Regulation.

Career Opportunities

Business lawyers can be found in law firms, companies, and state and federal agencies. They may work for accounting firms, investment banking firms, or in-house legal departments of large corporations. They may work for federal regulatory enforcement agencies such as the SEC or IRS.

Among the possible practice areas are: 

  • Antitrust law
  • Banking law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency law
  • Commercial law
  • Corporate law
  • Entrepreneurship and startup law
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Real estate law
  • Transactional law
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The program requires a total of 24 credit hours emphasizing both theory and practice. Students take three required courses, two courses from a list of core courses, additional elective courses, a specialized legal writing course, and an experiential requirement.

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This program is open only to J.D. students at Chicago-Kent College of Law.