Certificate in Business and Transactional Law

Students who desire to concentrate their elective and extracurricular courses of study on the general areas of business and transactional law can seek a Certificate in Business and Transactional Law. The Certificate is an acknowledgment by the Faculty that the student has successfully completed a focused course of study to expand his or her knowledge in business law while developing essential skills of the transactional lawyer. With the approval of the Certificate Advisor the Certificate can include, when appropriate, a designation stating a single area of concentration, such as: "Corporate Law," "Real Estate Law," or other descriptive designation.

Course of Study

Required Courses

  • Business Associations (LW 703, 4 hours)
  • Secured Transactions (LW 870, 3 hours)

Optional Curriculum Courses

12 credit hours selected from the courses listed below. Unless the appropriate certificate advisor approves a different mix of courses, of the twelve required elective credits, a minimum of six must be earned in courses taught by full-time faculty. Externship credits will not count towards the six-credit minimum, and no more than three externship credits will count towards the twelve-credit elective requirement.

  • Advanced Oil & Gas Law (LW 855 - 3 hours)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (LW 753 - 3 hours)
  • Antitrust (LW 782 - 3 hours)
  • Arbitration (LW 854 - 2 hours)
  • Clinic Internship/Transactional (LW 911 - 4-5 hours)
  • Copyright Law (LW 953 - 3 hours)
  • Debtor-Creditor Relations (LW 718 - 3 hours)
  • Directed Research (topic approved by Certificate Advisor) (LW 763 - 1-3 hours)
  • Drafting Contracts and Conveyances (LW 946 - 1 hour)
  • Employment Discrimination (LW 786 - 3 hours)
  • Employment Law (LW 917 - 2-3 hours)
  • Entrepreneurial Law (LW 910 - 3 hours)
  • Evolution of a Business Transaction (LW 937 - 2-3 hours)
  • Externship I (placement approved by Certificate Advisor) (LW 921 - 2-4 hours)
  • Externship II (placement approved by Certificate Advisor) (LW 922 - 2 hours)
  • Insurance Law (LW 710 - 2 hours)
  • International Business Transactions (LW 778 - 3 hours)
  • International Petroleum Transactions (LW 973, 3 Hours)
  • Labor Law (LW 783 - 3 hours)
  • Landlord Tenant Law (LW 879 - 1 hour)
  • Law and Economics (LW 853 - 2-3 hours)
  • Mineral Title Examination (LW 952 - 1 Hour)
  • Mining Law (LW 977 - 1 Hour)
  • Negotiations (LW 857 - 2 hours)
  • Non-Profit Organizations (LW950 - 2-3 hours)
  • Patent Prosecution (LW 961 - 2 hours)
  • Payment Systems (LW 867 - 3 hours)
  • Real Estate Transactions (LW 733 - 3 hours)
  • Securities Regulation (LW 785 - 3 hours)
  • Specialized Legal Research: Business Law (LW 920 - 1 hour)
  • Tax Policy Seminar (LW 823 - 2 hours)
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises (LW 940 - 3 hours)
  • Transactional Drafting (LW 707 - 3 hours)
  • White Collar Crime (LW 936 - 2-3 hours)

Extracurricular Course of Study

500 minutes of extracurricular programming sponsored by the Business and Transactional Law Center or any student organization presenting a program supported by the Center, to include Washburn's Business Law Society, Real Estate Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society, and the Tax and Estate Planning Association. With approval from a student's Certificate Advisor, attendance at bar association-sponsored programs may also count towards the extracurricular requirement. At least 300 of the 500 minutes must be earned at Center-sponsored programs.

Writing Requirement

Complete the upper level writing requirement (or equivalent writing project) on a pre-approved Business and Transactional Law topic. Students may satisfy the Certificate writing requirement through Directed Research (LW763) or an alternative writing opportunity approved in advance by the student's certificate advisor. Students must receive a grade of "B" or better on the paper they submit to satisfy the writing requirement.

Lawyering Experience Requirement

Students earning a Business and Transactional Law Certificate must complete a lawyering experience consisting of either Clinic/Transactional or an externship or other pre-approved Washburn Law-sponsored program that involves a lawyering experience related to business and transactional law. Business and Transactional Law Certificate Administrators, working together with the externship coordinator, will determine whether an externship meets the necessary criteria.

General Requirements

Students interested in pursuing a Business and Transactional Law Certificate must first meet with a faculty member administering the program (Professor Westbrook or Professor Boyack) to declare their interest and plan their course of study. This must be done prior to completing 40 hours of study. [NOTE: This requirement will be adjusted to accommodate students who have completed 40 hours but desire to pursue this new Certificate opportunity.] Following the meeting the faculty member and student will complete a "Meeting Summary" (27 KB PDF) in which the faculty member who will serve as the student's Certificate Advisor will be identified.

The student must complete 90 hours of total law school credit and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the 19 hours of courses selected by the student to meet the Certificate requirements. Students who obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for courses used to satisfy their Certificate requirements will be awarded the Certificate in Business and Transactional Law (with distinction).

Approved by the faculty: October 2006; revised: October 29, 2007; revised: December 2007; revised: October 20, 2008; revised: March 2, 2009; revised: March 14, 2009; revised: November 9, 2009; revised: August 19, 2010; revised: October 11, 2010; revised: May 3, 2011; revised: October 29, 2012; revised: April 7, 2014; revised: May 5, 2014; revised: November 18, 2014.

Faculty Members
Photograph: Amy Westbrook.

Amy Deen Westbrook
Director, Business and Transactional Law Center and
Kurt M. Sager Memorial Distinguished Professor of International and Commercial Law

Photograph: Andrea Boyack.

Andrea J. Boyack
Assistant Director, Business and Transactional Law Center and
Associate Professor of Law

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Certificates of Concentration

Students at Washburn University School of Law may distinguish themselves in the job market by earning a Certificate of Concentration. The areas of concentration can be completed within the traditional 90 credit hours required for graduation. While students do not declare majors because law school provides a broad foundational education, the certificate program at Washburn Law allows students to formalize an area of specialization within the traditional law school curriculum.

Certificates may be earned in the following areas:

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