Certificate Program

Certificate Program

The Certificate Program in Corporate and Business Law will provide students with special interest in corporate and business law a structured framework to pursue that interest, as well as formal recognition for doing so. All students will gain a core competency in the law governing the formation and governance of corporations and in the financing of corporations. To complete the core requirements, students may elect to pursue continued study of general corporate/business matters, corporate finance, or issues concerning how the corporate entity interacts with the government. After satisfying the core competencies, students will receive advanced instruction on matters relating to the formation, financing and operation of corporations, as well as their interactions with governmental entities, by choosing among a variety of advanced classes and seminars. Finally, each student will be required to apply legal doctrine in a practice context by choosing between a relevant externship/field placement, clinic, or skills course.

All students seeking the Certificate will be required to take Business Organizations, two courses from the first level core courses list, and at least one course from the second level core courses. In addition to the core requirements, students must take at least three additional courses from the core lists or from the elective courses. Finally, each student must satisfy a practice/skills requirement through a 2 or 3 credit externship, clinic, or an approved skills course. See the course requirements list below for all course options (students will select which courses from the Certificate course list to include in their application). Students will not be permitted to take any of the core and elective courses pass/fail if they wish to qualify for a Certificate.

The Program is open to all Rutgers Law students who have maintained an average GPA of 3.0 or above in all Core and Elective Courses.

Corporate and Business Law Certificate Requirements

At the end of this semester, graduating students may apply for a certificate from one of the Law School’s certificate programs (Corporate and Business Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, or Family Law).

Please note: To apply, you must complete the online application here.

Please do so as soon as possible after all grades for certificate coursework have been posted to your transcript.
Additional information about the certificate programs can be found on the Law School’s website:


Please send an email to rlaw.cclg@law.rutgers.edu with questions or concerns about the Certificate.