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Appendix C - Certificate Programs

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

NOTE: Check the most recent course registration packet for any modifications to certificate requirements.

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Estate Planning Certificate
Family Law Certificate
Intellectual Property Certificate
Business Law Certificate
Dispute Resolution Certificate

Estate Planning Certificate
To earn the Estate Planning Certificate, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Estate Planning Certificate requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of certificate requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.
 
Core Courses (all required)
    • Wills & Estates (3)
    • Trusts & Fiduciary Responsibilities (2)
    • Estate & Gift Tax (2) or (3)
    • LARW III: Estate Administration Drafting (2)

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Elder Law (2)
    • Guardianship Practicum (1)
    • Federal Income Tax (3)
    • Nonprofit Organizations (2) or (3)
    • Taxation of Business Entities (4)

Writing Requirement (required)
    • LARW III: Estate Planning & Drafting (2)

Oral Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration (3)
    • Interviewing, Counseling, and Collaborative Law Practicum (2) or (3)
     • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (3)
    • The Business Negotiator (3)

 

Family Law Certificate
To earn the Family Law Certificate, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Family Law Certificate. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of certificate requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

Core Courses (Family Law plus at least one other required)
    • Children and the Law (2) or (3)
    • Family Law (3)
    • Juvenile Justice (2) or (3)
    • Marital Property (2) or (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Adoption Law (2) or (3)
    • ADR Survey (3)
    • Bankruptcy (3)
    • Elder Law (3)
    • Family Mediation Clinic (2)
    • Federal Income Tax (3) or (4)
    • Law Practice Management (2)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)
    • Gender and the Law Seminar (2)
    • Queer Law Seminar (2)
    • LARW III: Family Law Drafting (2)
    • Domestic Violence Seminar (2)

Oral Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • Interviewing, Negotiation, and Collaborative Law Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Law Clinic (3)
    • Mediation Clinic (3)
    • Negotiation Theory and Practice Practicum (3)
    • Trial Advocacy Practicum (3)

Recommended Courses
    • Estate and Gift Tax (2) or (3)
    • Wills and Estates (3)
    • LARW III: Estate Planning & Drafting (2)


Intellectual Property Certificate
To earn the Intellectual Property Certificate, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Intellectual Property Certificate requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of certificate requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

PLEASE NOTE:  Courses that count toward the skills requirement for certificates do not necessarily count toward the upper level oral skills course requirement for graduation.

Core Courses (at least three required)
    • Copyrights (3)
    • Intellectual Property Survey (3)
    • Patent Law (2)
    • Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Art Law (2)
    • Cultural Heritage Law (2)
    • Entertainment Law (2)
    • Intellectual Property Business Transactions (2)
    • International Intellectual Property (2)
    • Internet Law (3)
    • Legal Aspect of Entertainment, Arts and Culture (3)
    • Patent Litigation (2)
    • Sports Law (3)
    • The Information Society (2)
    • Unfair Trade Practices (3)

Writing Requirement (at least one required—see note below)
    • Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Seminar (2)
    • Fair Use Seminar (2)
    • Intellectual Property Licensing Practicum (2)
    • LARW III: Patent Law Drafting (2)
    • LARW III: Trademark Practice (2) or (3)
    • The Information Society Seminar (2)

Skills Requirement (at least one required—see note below)
    • Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (2)
    • Intellectual Property Licensing Practicum (2)
    • LARW III: Patent Law Drafting (2)
    • LARW III: Trademark Practice (3)
    • Mediation Clinic (3)
    • Negotiation Theory and Practice Practicum (3)

Note: Elective, Writing and Skills requirements for the certificate must be satisfied with different courses.


Business Law Certificate
To earn the Business Law Certificate, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Business Law Certificate requirements.  Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of certificate requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

Core Courses (all required)
    • Business Associations I (3) or Business Associations (4) (before fall 2013)
    • Federal Income Tax (3)
    • Accounting for Lawyers* (2) or (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)
    • Bankruptcy (3)
    • Business Associations II (3)
    • Corporate Governance (2)
    • Corporate Reorganization Law (3)
    • International Business Transactions (2) or (3)
    • Nonprofit Organizations (2)
    • Payment Systems (3)
    • Sales & Leases (2) or (3)
    • Secured Transactions (3)
    • Securities Regulation (3)
    • Taxation of Business Entities (3)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)
    • Business Law Seminar (2)
    • LARW III: Contract Drafting (2)
    • LARW III: Real Estate Drafting (2)
    • LARW III: How the Deals Get Done (3)

Oral Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration (3)
    • The Business Negotiator (3)
    • Negotiation Workshop (3)
    • Interviewing, Negotiation and Collaborative Law Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (3)

*Note: A student who has a significant background in accounting should discuss with the faculty advisor whether the student can substitute an elective course for Accounting for Lawyers.


Dispute Resolution Certificate
To earn the Dispute Resolution Certificate, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses.  Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in courses used to satisfy the Dispute Resolution Certificate requirements.  Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of certificate requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with the faculty advisor.

Core Courses (all required)
    • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration (3) or Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3) *
    • Mediation Clinic (3) or Family Mediation Clinic (3) or Employment Mediation Clinic (2)
    • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum (3) or The Business Negotiator (3)
    • Evidence (4)

Writing Requirement (at least one required)
    • ADR in the Workplace Seminar (2)
    • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar (2) *
    • Advanced Negotiations Seminar (2) or Special Topics in Negotiations Seminar (2)

Skills Requirement (at least one required)
    • Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
    • Arbitration Law and Advocacy Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Criminal Prosecution Clinic (3)
    • Interviewing, Negotiation and Collaborative Law Practicum (2) or (3)
    • Labor Negotiations Workshop (1)
    • Law Clinic (3)
    • Litigation Practicum (2)
    • Sports Law (3)
    • Texas Criminal Law Practicum (3)
    • Trial Advocacy Practicum (3)
    • Any ADR competition for which classroom credit has been awarded by the law school (i.e., any competition in mediation, negotiation, arbitration, or a combination thereof) (Note:  Only ONE CREDIT can be used toward certificate requirements, no matter how many competitions a student might compete in)

* Students may not take both Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice (3) and Advanced Issues in Criminal Justice Seminar (2) to satisfy the certificate requirements.