Practicing business law today requires familiarity with a broad range of complex legal subjects. The Business and Financial Law Certificate program enables students to focus their studies in preparation for assisting clients undertaking sophisticated business, commercial and financial transactions. The program draws on our distinguished Faculty and outstanding practitioners from the Miami legal community to provide a rich offering of courses, informed guidance, and the opportunity to develop practice skills. Students who successfully complete the program receive special recognition on their on their transcripts and diplomas.
Hours Requirement: In addition to the 88 hours required for the J.D. degree, Certificate students must take an additional 4 class hours, for a total of 92 hours.
Grade Requirement: Students must attain a 3.0 grade-point average in courses counting toward the certificate. Students may elect to take one course on a "pass/fail" basis (with the consent of the instructor), except that all "core requirements must be taken for graded credit."
At least 1 of the following:
Additional courses (totaling at least 9 hours [12, if Legal Accounting waived]):
(*Waived if 2 or more undergraduate accounting courses or 1 MBA-level accounting course taken.)
Students who wish to participate in the certificate program ordinarily apply during the spring semester of their first year by meeting with Certificate program faculty and submitting an application to the Registrar's office. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Director and is based on demonstrated interest in the practice area and the likelihood of successful completion of Certificate requirements.
While one can become an expert in a particular legal area through work experience and post-law school study, many students choose to focus on a particular subject area during law school.
At Miami Law we have expertise in an array of legal areas some of which include: