Certificate in Business Law

Section 1.  An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Business Law must earn a minimum of eighteen (18)  academic credits in the courses listed in sections 1.a., 1.b. and 1.c. and must complete the additional skills development activity described in section 1.d. below.

  a.  Required Basic Courses.  Completion of the following basic courses is required for the NIU-COL Certificate in Business Law:

    i.   Agency and Unincorporated Business Associations;

    ii.   Corporations; and

    iii.  Introduction to Federal Income Taxation

  b.  Required Capstone Courses.  An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Business Law must complete one of the capstone courses listed in Schedule A.

  c.  Elective Courses in Sub-Specialties.  An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Business Law is further required to earn sufficient academic credits from courses listed in one of the tracks of elective courses in Schedule B in order to meet the eighteen-credit minimum described above.

  d.  Required Additional Skills Development Activities.  An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Business Law must complete at least one of the co-curricular or extra-curricular activities listed in Schedule C.   For purposes of this requirement, completion of an activity means

     (i)  participation in the preliminary rounds of an internal or external student competition and, in the case of external competitions, participation in faculty-supervised practice sessions, or

    (ii) qualification for College of Law Approved Pro Bono Service Recognition.    

Section 2.   An applicant for the NIU-COL Certificate in Business Law must also meet the GPA and other requirements set forth in the College of Law General Guidelines for Certificate Programs.

SCHEDULE A

List of Capstone Courses for Business Law Certificate

      Completion of one of the following capstone courses is required under section 1.b:

1.  A seminar, directed research project or law review note or comment leading to completion of a substantial written product on a business-related topic, as approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member

2.   An externship or clinic course primarily focused on business law, as approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member.

SCHEDULE B

List of Elective Courses for Business Law Certificate

            Courses selected from the following list of electives may be used to satisfy the requirements in section 1.c.   All electives should be selected from a single track or subspecialty:

 1.    Elective Courses in General Business Law Track

            A.  Antitrust

            B.  Corporate Finance

            C.  Employment Law

            D.  Labor Law

            E.  International Business Transactions

            F.  Real Estate Transactions

            G.  Securities Regulation

            H.  Bankruptcy

            I.  Taxation of Business Enterprises

            J.  Insurance Law

            K.  Landlord-Tenant Law

2.    Elective Courses in Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Track

            A.  Bankruptcy

            B.  Business Bankruptcy

            C.  Consumer Law

            D. Payment Systems

            E.  Sales

            F. Secured Transactions

            G.  Corporate Finance

3.   Elective Courses in Intellectual Property Law Track

             A.  Intellectual Property Law

             B.  Copyright Law

             C.  Entertainment Law

             D.  Patent Law

             E.  Sports Law

             F.  Trademark Law

             G.  Antitrust Law

SCHEDULE C

List of Additional Skills Development Activities for Business Law Certificate

Completion of one of the following activities meets the requirements of section 1.c.:

1.  NIU Internal Client Counseling Competition

2.  ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition

3.  ABA Regional Negotiation Competition

4.  ABA Arbitration Competition

5.  ABA Mediation Competition

6.  ABA Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge

7.  International Labor Arbitration Competition

8.  Another equivalent internal or external student competition facilitating development of practice skills that is approved in advance for certificate eligibility and added to Schedule C by the supervising faculty member

9.  Approved Pro Bono Service, as defined by the faculty