Business Law Certificate Program Requirements
The Business Law Certificate Program allows students planning a career in business law and finance to receive specialized training in a set of core areas: publicly traded corporations, closely-held business entities, corporate finance, law and economics, and taxation. The program carries additional requirements beyond those for the J.D. degree, and signals to potential employers that a graduate has advanced training in these core areas. At the same time, to become a well-rounded business lawyer, a student must become well-versed in many other areas of the law outside of the program. The Certificate program has been designed to allow students to craft a broad, well-diversified course of study.
Credit Hours Requirement:
The candidate must successfully complete a total of 91 credit hours for graduation with a Certificate in Business Law (“Certificate”). Of these, 21 credit hours must be courses designated as part of the Certificate Program by the Business Law Committee (Committee).
Grade and Honors Requirements:
All Business Law Certificate program courses must be taken at Florida State University for graded credit. (Please see note #1 at bottom of page.) The Certificate will be awarded only to candidates with an average grade of 74 or above for all program courses.
Candidates achieving an average grade of 84 to 88.999 for all program courses will be awarded the Certificate with Honors; 89 to 92.999 will be awarded High Honors; and 93 and above will be awarded Highest Honors.
You will be required to fill out the combined Student Registration and Student Progress Tracking Form to pursue the Business Law Certificate Program. You will initially use the form for registration, and to document any requirements you have already completed at the time of registration. You will then need to fill in the form each semester to record your progress toward completion of the program requirements.
Required Core Courses:
The candidate must successfully complete:
2. Federal Income Taxation
3. The Corporate Finance Component (1 course required)
4. The Law & Economics Component (1 course required)
5. The Small Business Organization and Entity Taxation Component (1 course required)
Not all courses on the Corporate Finance, Law & Economics, Small Business
Organizations and Entity Taxation Components, and Elective Courses list are offered on a
regular basis — you must consult the current Florida State Law or other relevant course offering
list and plan your schedule accordingly.
1. Corporate Finance Component: (1 course required)
Financial Regulation Seminar
Dodd-Frank Act Seminar
In this Component, students are exposed to corporate finance issues from four principal points of view: (1) general perspective (Corporate Finance); (2) regulation of the issuance of securities, of capital markets, and financial intermediaries (Securities Regulation, Dodd-Frank Act Seminar, and Financial Regulation Seminar); and (3) debt financing through the use of collateral, as well as securitization issues (Secured Transactions and Financial Regulation Seminar); and (4) restructuring of capital structure and orderly liquidation of corporate assets (Bankruptcy).
2. Law & Economics Component: (1 course required)
Law and Economics
Law and Economics Seminar
Corporate Law and Finance Seminar
Empirical Methods for Lawyers
Analytical Methods for Lawyers
Law and Economics of Insurance
Behavioral Law and Economics
Economic Regulation of Business Seminar
Corporate Governance Seminar
Topics in Advanced Corporate Governance
Game Theory & Business Ethics Seminar
Advanced Tax Topics
Economics plays an important role in business law and tax. In this Component students
are introduced to law and economic concepts from three principal points of view: (1) a
general perspective: (Law and Economics, Law and Economics Seminar, Analytical Methods for Lawyers, Empirical Methods
for Lawyers, Behavioral Law and Economics); (2) as applied directly to corporate law and
finance (Corporate Law and Finance Seminar, Corporate Governance Seminar, Corporate Governance Seminar, and Game Theory & Business Ethics Seminar); and (3) as applied to
regulated industries and market regulation (Antitrust, Law and Economics of Insurance,
Economic Regulation of Business Seminar).
3. Small Business Organization and Entity Taxation Component: (1 course required)
Closely-Held Business Organization (Please see note #2 at the bottom of page)
Real Estate Finance
Taxation of Business Entities
In this Component students are introduced to a number of special corporate law, finance and tax issues relevant to closely held business organizations and complex real estate transactions.
The remainder of the 21 required credit hours must be fulfilled by taking additional courses on the Corporate Finance, Law & Economics, Small Business Organizations and Entity Taxation Components list and/or selections from the following Elective Courses:
Sales and Leases
Bankruptcy Policy Seminar
Law and Risk Management
Oil and Gas Law
U.S. Taxation of International Transactions
Federal Tax Research
Advanced Taxation of Business Entities
Estate & Gift Tax
Advanced Issues in Estate Planning
State & Local Tax
Advanced Tax Topics
International Business Transactions and Trade:
International Business Transactions
International Trade Law and Policy
International Trade Simulation
China Trade Simulation
Other Business Courses:
Accounting and the Law
Business, Economics and Tax Law Research
Mergers & Acquisitions
Sustainable Business: Transactions & Strategy
White Collar Crime
1: Exception for Transfer Students: if you have taken Corporations and Federal Income Taxation before
transferring, you can use those courses to meet the Certificate requirements, as long as you received at least a C+.
2: Closely Held Business Organizations was formerly called Unincorporated Business Entities. So if you
have taken Unincorporated Business Entities that is sufficient to meet the Small Business Organization and Entity