Elevate Your Skills With A Certificate From Catholic Law
The Law School’s certificate programs encompass five 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.
Four of the Catholic Law’s certificate programs have 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.
Why a Certificate?
Brendan Koeth '13
Through his time spent with the Securities Law Program and introductions made by Professor Lipton, Koeth was hired as a summer associate at the former law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC, continuing to work there during the day during his last semester at Catholic Law and beginning as a full time associate just two days after taking the February bar exam.
Specialize Your Education For Your Practice
The Law School’s certificate programs encompass five 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. The certificate institues and programs also offer an opportunity for students to connect with alumni working in the fields they are focusing in at networking events, conferences, and presentations.
Comparative and International Law Institute
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.
Compliance, Investigations, and Corporate Responsibility
Compliance, Investigations, and Corporate Responsibility (CICR) are among the hottest areas in legal practice today. Businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies are now focusing more attention than ever before on the areas of legal compliance with domestic and global standards, risk management, and the conduct and management of internal investigations. Governments and international organizations, as well as shareholders, consumers, and other constituents are increasingly demanding both greater organizational transparency and management practices designed to sustain organizations and our world in an ethical and responsible manner.
Law and Public Policy Program
The Law and Public Policy Program (LPP) is for students interested in careers in the public policy arena. Taking advantage of Catholic Law's location in Washington, D.C., the program offers specialized courses and externships, opportunities for interdisciplinary study, academic counseling, and co-curricular 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.
Law and Technology Institute
Law and Technology Institute (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, data privacy law, and intellectual property law. LTI students will gain valuable practical experience through externships in government, industry, public interest organizations, and law firms.
Securities Law Program
The Securities Law Program (SLP) 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.