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Certificate in Business Law

This page describes the requirements to obtain a certificate in Business Law and provides links to the documents that must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by February 1st for a May graduation date or October 31st for a January graduation date.

Please also visit the Business Law program page for general information about Business Law at Lewis & Clark Law School.



Certificate in Business Law

The Certificate in Business Law (the “Certificate”), which will be awarded to qualified Lewis & Clark Law School students at graduation, recognizes successful concentration within the Business Law curriculum. A student who satisfies the requirements for the Certificate will be entitled to a certificate denominated “Certificate in Business Law.” Students who believe that they will fulfill the requirements must complete an application that is available from the Registrar in order to be awarded a certificate.

Students qualify for the Certificate by satisfying the course, paper, and grade point average requirements set forth below.

A. Course Requirements

Core Requirement

Students pursuing the Certificate must take 113 Business Associations I.

Foundational Courses

Students must also take three classes from the following list:


Students must earn five additional credits in courses within the Business Law curriculum or business-related externships or clinics. Such elective credits may be earned in any of the foundational courses listed above that are not used to satisfy the foundational course requirement, or in any of the following additional courses or clinics:

Please note that curricular offerings and titles may change from time to time and the fact that a class is listed above does not necessarily mean that it will be offered during the period when the student is pursuing the Certificate. Classes not on the list may be deemed to count as an elective for the Certificate in the discretion of the Certificate Administrator. In exceptional cases a combination of Business Law courses or a combination of Business Law coursework and externship experience in the field of a foundational course may be deemed to take the place of a foundational course, in the discretion of the Certificate Administrator, provided there is no double counting toward Certificate requirements. Students should seek approval in advance of registering for any course or combination of courses that do not automatically satisfy Certificate requirements, to ensure that the course or courses will qualify.

Externships: Students may satisfy two of the five elective credits required for the Certificate by the use of credits earned through an externship involving a substantial Business Law element, with the approval of the Certificate Administrator

Transfer Credits: Course credit may also be allowed, with the approval of the Certificate Administrator, for one course, of up to three units of credit, taken at another law school. In that event, only the credit earned for that course will be applied to the Certificate; the grade earned for the course will not be counted in determining the student’s GPA for the Certificate. 

Ungraded Courses: With the exception of externship credits, and unless approved by the Certificate Administrator, no more than four units of credit (including units transferred from another law school) used to qualify for the Certificate may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.  

Dual Certificates: Students may not use credits from a class toward satisfaction of the Certificate requirements if they are using those credits toward satisfaction of the requirements for another certificate at Lewis & Clark. In no event may students earn a Business Law Certificate and a certificate in Federal Tax Law, Intellectual Property Law, or Energy, Innovation and Sustainability. A student whose course and paper selections qualify for the Business Law Certificate and a certificate in Federal Tax Law, Intellectual Property Law, or Energy, Innovation and Sustainability must elect one of those certificates only.

B. Writing Requirement

Students must complete one substantial research paper exclusively on one or more topics relating to Business Law. To qualify, the paper must be a significant written product that demonstrates thorough research, the ability to synthesize and report on that research, the ability to engage in complex legal and critical analysis, and sophisticated writing skills. It must also be one of the following: (a) a paper written to fulfill course requirements in a class approved for the Certificate, (b) an Individual Research paper, for a minimum of two semester hours, or (c) a paper written to fulfill course requirements in a course not specifically approved for the Certificate. Students who plan to fulfill the writing requirement with options (b) or (c) must have the approval of the Certificate Administrator.  When the approval of the Certificate Administrator will be needed it is highly recommended that such approval be sought before writing the paper. Papers not written for graded credit do not satisfy this requirement.

C. Grade Point Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of B (3.00) or better in classes taken and selected as qualifying for the Certificate. No credits transferred from another law school and accepted for use toward a Certificate, or credits for a class taken on a credit/no credit basis and approved by the Certificate Administrator, will be used in computing the grade point average.