Transactional Practice Certificate (JD)

For many lawyers, the practice of law involves more transactional work than any other subject area or skill set.  Employers want to hire lawyers who know about transactional law and who can structure deals and advise clients through them.  A Transactional Practice Certificate program provides students with the educational opportunities — in the classroom and through experiential placements — necessary to develop substantive knowledge in transactional law, as well as opportunities for experiential learning about transactional practice.  Students pursuing the certificate will have the ability to create and individualize curriculum of course work related to transactional law.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the JD Certificate in Transactional Practice, students will be able to:

  • Understand, interpret, and apply the legal rules governing different types of commercial or financial transactions.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different types of transactions from the client’s point of view.
  • Perform essential skills such as document drafting and review, negotiation, and advising clients in transactional settings.
  • Analyze and solve business problems by planning transactions.

The Certificate in Transactional Practice requires successful completion of a minimum of 14 credits from a selected list of courses plus successful completion of a least 3 credits of one of the following supervised, experiential activities: (1) a clinic placement in the Center for Urban Legal Initiative (CULI) Inc., or (2) a faculty approved externship in transactional legal work, with an appropriate law firm, company, public interest organization or other entity.  The externship must be approved for credit toward the certificate requirements by one of the faculty advisors for the certificate program, prior to the beginning of the externship.


The certificate is open to all JD students. Prior to graduating, you must submit the “Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form” form to the registrar’s office.


Professor James Kwak

Professor Jessica Rubin