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.
CUA Law offers certificates in these practice areas:
The Institute for Communications Law Studies (CLI) offers students a variety of advanced specialized courses in telecommunications, information, and media law as well as related coursework in intellectual property, economic regulation, and business law. The faculty includes prominent government and private-sector attorneys whose practices focus on cutting-edge communications issues. Many CLI alumni hold high-level positions in government and industry as well as partnership in highly regarded communications law firms.
Required Courses: Telecommunications Law, Policy, and Core Technologies; Administrative Law; and Capstone (Problems in Telecommunications Law and Policy)
Elective Courses: Four courses chosen from a menu of electives in the areas of communications, intellectual property, business, economics, and public policy
Writing: One upper-division writing requirement in the area of communications law
Practical Training: Three communications-focused externships, plus Becoming a Communications Lawyer, a classroom component taken concurrently with the first externship
Students are encouraged to apply to the Institute for Communications Law Studies at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.
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.
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
Students are encouraged to apply to the institute at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.
The Law and Public Policy Program (LPP) is a superb certificate program for students interested in careers in the public policy arena working in government, public interest law, politics, advocacy, or in law firms. Its specialized coursework and opportunities for interdisciplinary study offer training in the skills necessary for lawyers who participate in the development of law and public policy in legislative, administrative, and judicial forums. The certificate emphasizes that the holder possesses the key skills essential for lawyers working in the policy arena.
Required Courses: Becoming a Public Policy Lawyer, Public Policy Practicum, Law and Public Policy, and Administrative Law
Elective: One course focusing on a particular area of public policy
Four-semester Academic Plan: Each LPP student works with the director or a designated faculty member to design an academic plan that will fulfill the student's educational and professional objectives.
Co-curricular Activities: Active participation in the Law and Public Policy Forum is required.
Practical Training: Two externships or clinics related to law and public policy
Students are encouraged to apply to the LPP program at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.
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.
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.
Students are encouraged to apply to the Securities Law Program at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.