The Catholic University of America
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Certificate banner

Home  >  Academic Programs  >  Specialized Practice Areas  >  Certificate Programs

The law school’s certificate programs encompass four vibrant and enriching areas of legal practice. Certification from any of these longstanding and highly regarded programs and institutes endorses the student as a specialist — a graduate who offers employers a level of subject mastery that is significantly beyond that which may be learned in the general J.D. curriculum.     

All of the law school’s certificate programs have at least a 25-year track record of producing industry leaders within their areas of legal specialization. Their reputation, reach, and influence have grown steadily over the years, opening limitless career doors and options for today’s students.
 

CUA Law offers certificates in these practice areas:
 

Comparative and International Law  |  Law and Public Policy  |  Law and Technology |  Securities Law
 

Comparative and International Law

Legal practice is increasingly worldwide, transcending national boundaries and cultures.  In the 21st century, it is likely that many lawyers will experience problems involving international and foreign applications of law. The Comparative and International Law Institute (CILI) responds to the intensified need for competent lawyers to effectively advise on the laws of more than one country. CILI prepares students for careers in the public and private areas of international law, including such skills as direct negotiation with foreign governments, multinational corporations and international financial institutions.

Curriculum
Required Courses: Public International Law, Becoming a Lawyer, which is the classroom component of the legal externship requirement, plus two courses chosen from a menu of electives in the areas of comparative law, European law, trade, international business, and international economic regulation

Elective Courses: Two courses chosen from an extensive menu of electives that includes foundations of modern law, comparative law, economic development, human rights, immigration, intellectual property, maritime law, national security law, and space law

Practical Training: One externship in the area of comparative and international law

> Curriculum Details

Admission

Students are encouraged to apply to the institute at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.

> Admission to the Comparative and International Law Institute

For More Information

Website: Comparative and International Law Institute
Contact: Geoffrey Watson, Director, 202-319-5140, Watson@law.edu

 


 

Law and Public Policy

 The Law and Public Policy Program (LPP) is for students interested in careers in the public policy arena. Taking advantage of CUA’s location in Washington, DC, the program offers specialized courses and externships, opportunities for interdisciplinary study, academic counseling, and cocurricular activities designed to expose students to the public policy-making process. The Program trains students in the skills important to lawyers who participate in the development of law and policy in legislative, administrative, and judicial fora. Students in the program observe and participate in the practice of public policy law and study the lawmaking roles played by lawyers. LPP students also do extensive research and writing on public policy issues and engage in hands-on advocacy work.

Curriculum
Required Courses
: Becoming a Public Policy Lawyer, Public Policy Practicum, and Administrative Law.
 
Elective: One course focusing on a particular area of public policy.
 
Co-curricular Activities: Participation in the Law and Public Policy Forum.
 
Practical Training: Two externships or clinics related to law and public policy
 

> Curriculum Details

Admission
Students are encouraged to apply to the LPP program at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.
 
For More Information
Website: Law and Public Policy Program
Contact
: Roger Colinvaux, Director, 202-319-5146, colinvaux@law.edu.

 


  

Law and Technology

LTI will offer an enhanced curriculum to students interested in exploring the many important legal questions and policy debates surrounding evolving technologies. The curriculum will equip students with a well-rounded foundation while also allowing them to pursue a particular area of interest, including communications law, intellectual property law, and information privacy law. LTI students will gain valuable practical experience through externships in government, industry, public interest organizations, and law firms.

Curriculum
To earn an LTI certificate, students must complete a rigorous, yet flexible, course of study that provides students with a well-rounded foundation as well as specialized training in communications law, intellectual property law, or information privacy law. For each of the tracks, students must complete three mandatory courses, three electives, and a transition-to-practice course. LTI students work closely with the Institute directors in designing their course of study, choosing electives, and ensuring that all LTI requirements are satisfied. 

> Communications Law Curriculum Details
> Intellectual Property Law Curriculum Details
> Information Privacy Law Curriculum Details


Admission

Students are encouraged to apply to the Law and Technology Institute at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.

Admission to the Law and Technology Institute


More Information

WebsiteLaw and Technology Institute
Contact: Megan M. La Belle, Co-Director, 202-319-5140, LTI@law.edu
 
            Elizabeth I. Winston, Co-Director, 202-319-5140, LTI@law.edu


 

Securities Law

The Securities Law Program placed its students in the top echelons of the field, including partners at major law firms, regulatory chiefs, and even commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission, leading positions that are a testament to the excellence of the program and its graduates. The broad and varied concentration of securities and corporate law courses, as well as the breadth of available externships, accommodate students who engage in this area of study at varied levels of intensity.  The law school’s D.C. location enables many of its securities offerings to be taught by senior staff from the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as by full-time faculty members. 

Curriculum
Heavy Course, One Externship Standard - must enroll in the three required courses, three elective courses, two co-curricular courses, and complete one externship for three credits at a variety of governmental and quasi-governmental institutions focusing on issues of securities regulation.

Light Course, Two Externships Standard - must enroll in three required courses, two elective courses, two co-curricular courses, and complete two externships, at least one of which must be for three credits.

Writing: One writing requirement in the area of securities law

Co-curricular Activities: Active membership in the activities of the Securities Law Program is required.

GPA: To earn a certificate, students in the day program must maintain an overall GPA within the top half of the general JD program, as well as within the top half of classes offered by the Securities Law Program.

> Curriculum Details


Admission

Students are encouraged to apply to the Securities Law Program at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.

Admission to the Securities Law Program


For More Information

Website: Securities Law Program
Contact: David Lipton, Director, 202-319-5140, lipton@law.edu