Certificate in Transactional Law Practice

Students interested in transactional law will learn not only the law but the skills that are required to be a transactional attorney in today's fast paced legal field. Students take an exciting array of transactional courses, participate in legal externships and perform transactional related pro bono projects to hone their legal skills so that they can be an immediate asset to a firm or company upon graduation and passing the bar exam. Employers are looking for just these types of attorneys - those who have the skills and the knowledge to be practice ready.

Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in Transactional Law Practice can be found here.

Eligibility

To earn the Certificate in Transactional Law Practice, a student must make a timely application for inclusion in the program not later than the end of his or her third semester of study at the law school and must be accepted into the program.

Requirements

Each student must fulfill the following requirements prior to receiving his or her Certificate in Transactional Law Practice:

  1. Required Courses:
    In addition to completing all graduation requirements satisfactorily, each student must:
    • (a) Earn a grade of B or better in the following five courses:
      • i. Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation
      • ii. Contract Drafting
      • iii. Taxation - Basic Income Tax Concepts
      • iv. Taxation - Business Organizations and Business Planning
      • v. Ethics for Transactional Lawyers  
    • (b) Successfully complete three credit hours of a transactional clinic, for example the Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic, or a field placement with a grade of a “B” or better in graded courses and a “Pass” in ungraded courses. 
  2. Elective Courses:
    Each student must take and earn a grade of B or better in six credit hours selected from the courses listed on the chart below. Unless the appropriate certificate advisor approves a different mix of courses, of the six elective credits, a minimum of four must be earned in courses taught by full-time faculty.
    • Advanced Tax Concepts
    • Agency Partnership and LLC
    • Business Organizations
    • Business Technology and Regulation
    • Corporations
    • Close Corporation Problems
    • Environmental Law
    • Estate Planning
    • Insurance Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Business Transactions
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Modern Real Estate Transactions
    • Not For Profit Corporations
    • Securities Regulation
       
  3. Accounting & Financing Competency Test:
    Each student must demonstrate fundamental competency in the fields of Accounting and Finance by passing the Accounting & Finance Competency Test. The test will be offered during the first month of each semester. Students who fail to pass the test may sit for the test at a subsequent administration.

  4. Writing Requirement:
    Each student must complete the research component of the Advanced Writing Requirement on a Transactional Law topic. In addition, each student must satisfy the drafting component of the Advanced Writing Requirement in Contract Drafting or in another drafting course approved by the Associate Dean for Academics or his or her designee. Students must receive a grade of "B" or better for the paper they submit to satisfy the research requirement and for the drafting project(s) they submit to satisfy the drafting requirement.

  5. Extracurricular Course of Study:
    Each student must participate in a minimum of 500 minutes of extracurricular programming sponsored by the Transactional Law Practice Center.

  6. Registration:
    To earn the certificate in Transactional Practice Law, a student must make a timely application for inclusion in the program not later than the end of his or her third semester of study at the law school and must be accepted into the program.

  7. Transactional Pro Bono:
    Chase College of Law requires each student to have completed 50 hours of pro bono work before graduating.  To receive the Transactional Law Practice Certificate, however, a student needs to have completed a total of 25 hours of pro bono in the field of transactional law.  The Associate Dean for Academics or his or her designee, in consultation with the Pro Bono Program Director, will determine which pro bono opportunities fall within the field of transactional law.

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