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 Course

  • Business Associations (LW 703, 4 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 Intellectual Property Seminar (LW 954; 2 hours)
  • 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)
  • Barbados: Comparative Legal Systems-- Labor and Employment Law (LW 849 - 3 hours)
  • Clinic: Transactional (LW 911 - 4-5 hours)
  • Commercial Law (LW 870 - 4 hours)
  • Commercial Leasing (LW 871 - 1 hour)
  • Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy in Agriculture (LW 987 - 1 hour)
  • Copyright Law (LW 953 - 3 hours)
  • Corporate Compliance: Law and Policy (LW 873 - 2-3 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)
  • Estate and Business Planning for Farmers and Ranchers (LW 873 - 1 hour)
  • Estate Planning and Taxation (LW 749 - 4 hours)
  • Evolution of a Business Transaction (LW 937 - 1 hour)
  • Externship I (placement approved by Certificate Advisor) (LW 921 - 2 hours)
  • Externship II (placement approved by Certificate Advisor) (LW 922 - 2 hours)
  • Farm and Ranch Taxation (LW 986 - 1 hour)
  • Housing Law (LW 872 - 2-3 hours)
  • Insurance Law (LW 710 - 2 hours)
  • International Business Transactions (LW 778 - 3 hours)
  • International Petroleum Transactions (LW 973, 3 Hours)
  • Introduction to Nonprofit Law (LW950 - 1 hour)
  • 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)
  • Patent Prosecution (LW 961 - 2 hours)
  • Real Estate Transactions (LW 733 - 3 hours)
  • Renewable Energy Law: Wind and Solar (LW 985 - 1 hour)
  • Securities Regulation (LW 785 - 3 hours)
  • Specialized Legal Research: Business and Tax (LW 920 - 1-2 hours)
  • Tax Clinic: Low Income Taxpayer (LW 791 - 1-3 hours)
  • Tax Policy Seminar (LW 823 - 2 hours)
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises (LW 940 - 3 hours)
  • Transactional Intellectual Property Practice: Trademarks and Marketing (LW 834 - 2 hours)
  • Transactional Drafting (LW 707 - 3 hours)
  • White Collar Crime (LW 936 - 2-3 hours)

Extracurricular Course of Study

1,000 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 600 of the 1,000 minutes must be earned at Center-sponsored programs. This requirement may be adjusted in extraordinary circumstances.

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. This requirement may be adjusted in extraordinary circumstances.

Learning Outcomes for J.D. Business and Transactional Law Certificate

  1. Students will demonstrate competent knowledge and understanding of the terms, rules and principles of business and transactional law subjects.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the authorities and sources of business and transactional law.
  3. Students will demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills when presented with issues of business and transactional law, including the ability to apply controlling legal principals to legal problems.
  4. Students will be exposed to issues related to the practice of business and transactional law and some of the questions confronting practitioners in the area.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to write in a clear, concise, well-organized, professional manner that is appropriate for business and transactional legal practice.
  6. Students will demonstrate competency in business and transactional practice skills expected of attorneys in the area.

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 16 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: June 8, 2020.

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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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.

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