This Certificate Program in Corporate/Business Law will provide students with special interest in corporate and business law a structured framework to pursue that interest, as well as formal recognition for doing so. All students will gain a core competency in the law governing the formation and governance of corporations and in the financing of corporations. To complete the core requirements, students may elect to pursue continued study of general corporate/business matters, corporate finance, or issues concerning how the corporate entity interacts with the government. After satisfying the core competencies, students will receive advanced instruction on matters relating to the formation, financing and operation of corporations, as well as their interactions with governmental entities, by choosing among a variety of advanced classes and seminars. Finally, each student will be required to apply legal doctrine in a practice context by choosing between a relevant externship/field placement, clinic, or skills course.

All students seeking the Certificate will be required to take three first level core courses: Business Associations/Organizations, and two of the following four courses: Corporate Finance, Corporate Tax, Securities Regulation, and Accounting for Lawyers, and Financial Statement Analysis. To complete the core requirements, students must choose at least one course from the second level core courses listed in the attached Addendum. In addition to the core requirements, students must take at least three additional courses from the core lists or from the attached list of elective courses. Finally, each student must satisfy a practice/skills requirement through a 2 or 3 credit externship, clinic, or an approved skills course. Students will not be permitted to take any of the core and elective courses pass/fail if they wish to qualify for a Certificate.

The Program is open to all Rutgers Law students who have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above in all Core and Elective Courses.

Note: For the Academic Year 2015-2016 only: Third-year students who will be graduating in December 2015 or May 2016 and who have fulfilled all course requirements, but who are unable to fulfill the Skills/Practice requirement, may still qualify for the Certificate.

Requirements for Certificate in Corporate/Business Law (Camden)

Requirements for Certificate in Corporate/Business Law (Newark)

 


The Certificate Program in Criminal Law and Procedure offers students with a special interest in the field of criminal law the opportunity to pursue that interest in a structured framework and to achieve special recognition for doing so.

The program is designed to ensure that students:
• are exposed to a broad range of issues in criminal law and procedure,
• have the experience of writing a supervised research paper, and
• obtain some practical experience in the field.

The program is intended to be sufficiently flexible to allow students to pursue a particular sub-interest in substantive criminal law or criminal procedure.

Requirements
The program is open to all Rutgers students who have completed their first year of law school. To complete the certificate program, students are required to take the basic course in Evidence plus an additional minimum of 15 credits in approved upper-level criminal law and criminal procedure-related courses (that is, beyond the first-year course in Criminal Law). To obtain the certificate, a student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in his or her criminal law and procedure courses at the time of graduation.

To earn the 15 credits, a student must complete Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication and at least one course from each of the following two “baskets”:

Upper level substantive criminal law, including courses in:
Camden Campus

• Criminal Practice
• Family Violence and the Law
• Federal Criminal Law
• International Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Policy
• Juvenile Law and Policy
• Sex Crimes

Newark Campus
• Advanced Topics in Criminal Law
• Computer Crimes
• Confinement and Reentry Policy
• Criminal Law Theory
• Domestic Violence
• Juvenile Justice
• Moral Puzzles of Criminal Law
• Policing the City
• Wrongful Convictions
• International Criminal Law
• White Collar Crime
• Political and Corporate Corruption Law
• Punishment and Sentencing

 

Practicums:
Camden Campus
• Advanced Domestic Violence Clinic
• Children’s Justice Clinic
• Domestic Violence Clinic
• Externships with local, state, and federal prosecutors, state and federal public defenders, and criminal court judges with the approval and under the supervision of the Director of Externships.

Newark Campus
• Criminal Motion Practice
• Criminal Trial Presentation
• Intensive Criminal Trial Advocacy
• Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic
• Criminal Pretrial Practice
Externships with local, state, and federal prosecutors, state and federal public defenders, and criminal court judges with the approval and under the supervision of the Director of Externships.

 

Note: Internships in private law offices would not ordinarily satisfy the Practicum requirement.

Students may fulfill their upper-level course requirements by taking approved courses offered at either the Camden or Newark campuses, including those being taught in the holodeck. Additional courses may be added to this list with appropriate administrative approval.

The Law School will endeavor to offer students reasonable opportunities to satisfy the requirements of the certificate program. It should be understood, however, that resources are limited, and that the demands of the program will have to be balanced against other law school needs. Rising second-year students who are interested in the program are advised to plan in advance to maximize their opportunity to satisfy certificate requirements.

Students should submit their application to Professor Margo Kaplan at the beginning of the semester in which they expect to complete the requirements.

Students or prospective students with questions about the Criminal Law and Procedure Certificate Program should contact Professor Margo Kaplan.


 

The Certificate Program in Family Law offers students with a special interest in the field of family law a structured framework to pursue that interest, as well as special and formal recognition for doing so. The program has flexibility to allow students to pursue a particular subset of courses related to family law.   

 

The program is designed to ensure that students: 

  • are exposed to a broad range of issues in family law and procedure;
  • have the experience of writing a supervised research paper; and 
  • obtain some practical experience in the field of family law. 

Advising

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with one of the Chairs or a faculty advisor.  Paperwork must be submitted to the campus Chair prior to the end of the add/drop period during the semester in which the students expects to fulfill the requirements for the certificate.

The Chairs of the Program for the 2015­­–16 academic year are Professors Twila Perry in Newark and Kimberly Mutcherson in Camden. Faculty advisors for the Newark campus are Professors Suzanne Kim and Randi Mandelbaum.  Faculty advisors for the Camden campus are Professors Victoria Chase, Ann Freedman, Ruth Anne Robbins, and Meredith Schalick. Please reach out early for the advising.

Requirements

The program is open to all Rutgers Law School students. To complete the certificate program, students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits in approved courses. All of the certificate-eligible courses must be taken for a grade and not pass/fail. Students must graduate with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the certificate-eligible courses to receive the certificate. 

 

To earn the 15 credits, a student must take the Family Law course as a foundation, and then must take upper level courses in three other categories:

 

1.     At least one of the following classes:

2.     At least three of the following classes (with at least one resulting in a significant and supervised research paper for which the student earns WI credit):

3.     At least one of the following skills courses: 

or

an Externship with the Office of the Attorney General (DCP&P unit); the Office of the Public Defender (OLG or OPR units); a family court judge; or other relevant externships related to family law with permission from the Externship Director.

Policy on other courses

Additional courses may be added to this list with appropriate administrative approval, including courses offered at other Rutgers schools.

Frequency of course offerings

Rutgers Law School will endeavor to offer students reasonable opportunities to satisfy the requirements of the certificate program. It should be understood, however, that resources are limited, and that the demands of the program will have to be balanced against other law school needs. Students are advised to plan in advance to maximize their opportunity to satisfy certificate requirements, including by seeking faculty guidance.