Guidelines for Certificate Programs

  1. Certificate programs will not require fewer than 15 credits or greater than 18 credits. 
  2. Each certificate program must require a capstone course, for a minimum of three credits. A capstone course may be a clinic, an externship, a seminar, or a directed research project, or the equivalent. 
  3. In addition to credit requirements, certificate programs may also include non-credit requirements when appropriate including, without limitation, extra-curricular competitions, field work and pro bono work. 
  4. Certificate programs may not include first-year courses to meet the number of credits required for the certificates. 
  5. A certificate will not be awarded unless a student has an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. 
  6. A certificate will not be awarded unless a student has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the courses required for a certificate. 
  7. If a student takes more than the minimum number of elective courses required for the certificate, the cumulative GPA will be calculated based on the student’s highest grades among the minimum number of eligible courses required in order to be awarded the certificate. Required courses must be included in the cumulative GPA. 
  8. If a student earns a certificate, it will appear as an official comment on the J.D. transcript, and students who have that official comment may indicate their certificate status on their resumes and biographies. 
  9. Students must complete the ninety (90) semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and must satisfy all JD requirements in order to be eligible for a certificate. 
  10. Students must apply for a certificate by submitting an application with their application for graduation. If a student is using courses from his or her final semester to satisfy requirements for the certificate, the student must supplement his or her application within three (3) business days of receiving his or her grade in that/those classes. 
  11. A student may not earn more than one certificate. The limitation on the number of certificates a student can earn does not include interdisciplinary certificates offered jointly by the College of Law and the Graduate School. 
  12. The creation of each certificate program will include the designation of a supervising faculty member. The supervising faculty member will determine whether courses such as externships and directed research projects are sufficiently related to the subject matter of the certificate to meet course requirements.  
  13. Applications for certificates will be approved by the supervising faculty member and the Associate Dean.

The above guidelines are from the College of Law Resolution Regarding the Creation of Certificate Programs, as adopted by the faculty on December 8, 2011.