Law and Business
Mitchell Hamline’s Law and Business Certificate prepares J.D. students to become business leaders, business managers, and business lawyers. It supplements the J.D. degree and demonstrates that a student has achieved business law competency, practical experience in business contexts, and mastery of critical business thinking and communications skills through a rigorous course of study, research and writing, and practical experience. Students seeking the MHSL Law and Business Certificate will be exposed to foundational business law, key principles of business as well as ethical problem solving of complex business issues.
To earn the Law and Business Certificate, students must complete a rigorous course of study that includes foundational, required, and elective courses in a range of business topics including accounting and finance, organizational structure and governance, business strategies and planning, capitalization, taxation, compliance and risk management, and business communications. Students will also gain practical experience in business through the Law and Business Externship program or equivalent clinic, externship, or work experience.
The following program description applies to the regular on-campus student body. A separate program description is under development for the HYBRID J.D. students.
To obtain the Law and Business Certificate, a student must complete the Foundational Courses and Required Courses listed below as well as eight (8) credits of electives from the Elective Courses listed below.
- Corporate Accounting & Financial Reporting (2 credits)
- Business Organizations (4 credits)
- The Start-Up Business Enterprise (3 credits)
- Business Ethics (3 credits)
- Transactions and Settlements (3 credits)
- Income Tax (4 credits)
Foundational Courses and Required Courses may not be used to satisfy the Elective Course requirement. Courses used to satisfy the Practical Experience Requirement also may not be used to satisfy the Elective Course requirement.
- Advanced Business Entity Taxation
- Advanced International Business Negotiation
- Banking Law (3 credits)
- Bankruptcy (2 credits)
- Bankruptcy Law Externship
- Business Communication Skills (1 credit)
- Business Entity Taxation (4 credits)
- Business Law Clinic (2 credits)
- Business Regulation and Compliance (3 credits)
- Commercial Law Survey (3 credits) (highly recommended, bar examination course)
- Compliance Externship (3 credits)
- Copyright Law (3 credits)
- Corporate Finance (2 credits) offered every other year, rotates with Securities Regulation
- Deals and Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
- Employee Benefits (3 credits)
- Employment Discrimination (3 credits)
- Employment Law (3 credits)
- Fundamentals of HR Management (1 credit)
- Independent Externship – (varies)
- Information Protection and Cybersecurity (2 credits)
- Intellectual Asset Management (3 credits)
- Intellectual Property Survey (3 credits
- International Business Transactions (3 credits)
- Business of IP: X (varies)
- IP Clinic (3 credits)
- Labor Law (3 credits)
- Law and Business Externship (4 credits)
- Lawyer as Business Owner (2 credits)
- Mergers & Acquisitions (4 credits)
- Modern Real Estate Transactions (3 credits)
- Negotiation (3 credits)
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Secured Transactions – (3 credits) (highly recommended, bar examination course)
- Securities Regulation – (3 credits) offered every other year, rotates with Corporate Finance
- Trademark Law
Courses other than those listed above and that are sufficiently focused on busi-ness or business law may also meet the criteria for an Elective Course. Students should consult with their assigned faculty advisor and the director of the Business Certificate programs.
Practical Experience Requirement
To obtain the Law and Business Certificate, a student must obtain practical experience with a substantial foundation in law and business through the equivalent of four (4) credits provided by an externship or clinical experience listed in the Elective Course list above or a work experience equivalent to four (4) credits that is approved by the director of the Business Certificate programs.
To obtain the Law and Business Certificate, a student must complete a scholarly paper on a business law or business topic. The paper must meet the guidelines applicable to the Advanced Research and Writing (ARW) requirement for graduation from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and be approved by the director of the Business Certificate programs. A student may satisfy the Writing Requirement by completing a paper for a course that satisfies the ARW requirement, provided that the subject of that paper or course is business law or business.
To obtain the Law and Business Certificate, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (calculated at the time of graduation) in all of the Foundational Courses, Required Courses and Elective Courses and any independent research and writing project that the student completed to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
A student who is interested in pursuing the Law and Business Certificate will be assigned to a faculty advisor in the student’s area of interest. Once assigned an advisor, the student is required to meet with their advisor before each registration period. The faculty advisor will mentor and advise the student in selecting courses, fulfilling the practical experience and writing requirements, and completing the other steps necessary to obtain the Law and Business Certificate.
Extra-Curricular Activities Requirement
To obtain the Law and Business Certificate, a student must attend six extra-curricular activities in the area of law and business over their law school career.
Effective November 2015