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Transactional Law Certificate Requirements


Eligibility for another certificate program, such as TI:GER, does not preclude participation in the Transactional Law Certificate Program. Similarly, JD/MBAs who complete the requirements may receive a certificate.

Eligibility for the Transactional Law Certificate Formal online submission » Students must also contact Professor Payne to discuss course selection and other matters. There are no other prerequisites to becoming eligible to receive a certificate, only course requirements for its receipt.

Required Courses

  • Accounting in Action or Analytical Methods (can be waived if equivalent course previously taken)
  • Business Associations
  • Contract Drafting
  • Corporate Finance OR Real Estate Finance
  • Deal Skills
  • Fundamentals of Income Taxation OR Federal Income Tax: Individual
  • Federal Income Tax: Corporations or Federal Income Tax: Partnerships (Fundamentals of Income Taxation is a prerequisite unless waived by the professor)
  • Capstone course or an approved field placement

Skills Courses

Contract Drafting

Students learn how to translate a business deal into contract concepts, analyze a contract from the client's business perspective, and problem-solve through a succession of drafting exercises. Contract Drafting is a prerequisite for Deal Skills, and those two courses are prerequisites for most of the capstone courses and field placements that count as a capstone course. Check the prerequisites for capstone courses.

Deal Skills

Upon completion of Contract Drafting, students learn how a business deal evolves and practice performing due diligence, drafting corporate resolutions, building risk-reduction mechanisms, managing a transaction, and negotiating a contract.

Capstone Courses

These semester-long simulations allow students to play the lawyer in a transaction, honing the skills learned in previous courses. Each capstone course focuses on a different type of transaction, such as a merger and acquisition or a commercial real estate deal. Capstone courses include:

  • Commercial Lending Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Complex Restructurings and Distressed Acquisitions in Chapter 11
  • Corporate Practice
  • The General Counsel in Negotiated Transactions
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital


Contract Drafting and Deal Skills are prerequisites for a field placement to qualify as a capstone course fulfilling the certificate requirement. (Not all of these placements are available each semester. Check with for an updated list.)

  • The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • GE Energy
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Scientific Atlanta (a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems Inc.)
  • UCB Inc.


Students may consider taking the following electives in addition to the courses required for the certificate.  

  • Bankruptcy
  • Banking Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Commercial Law: Sales
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Crimes
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Economic Analysis of Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Tax
  • International Tax and Business
  • International Tax Topics (Seminar)
  • International Trade Law 
  • Labor Law
  • Licensing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Negotiation
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Loan Restructuring (Seminar)
  • Regulation of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Trademark Law
  • Workers' Compensation