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TRANSACTIONAL LAWYERS NEED strong analytical, drafting, writing, and negotiation skills so they can counsel organizations and individuals on a variety of legal and business issues. Loyola's JD Certificate in Transactional Law provides you with the valuable training and experience to be successful in firms of all sizes and in various corporate law settings.


To earn a Certificate in Transactional Law, you must complete six (6) courses, with topics including business organizations, federal income tax, corporate and partnership tax, securities regulation, one experiential course and one elective course. Credit hours range from 17-21 credit hours, depending on the experiential and elective courses selected.

You must complete all requirements of the program and earn a grade point average of “B” (3.0) average overall or better in the Certificate courses taken.

Required Courses

  • Federal Income Tax (3 credits): Second Year for JD students (Weekend JD Students in the Third Year) Fall Term
  • Corporate and Partnership Tax (3 credits): Second Year for JD Students (Weekend JD Students in the Third Year) Spring Term
  • Business Organizations(4 credits): Fall Term Highly Recommended 
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits): can be taken in any second or third year term 

Experiential Courses

You must complete a business law externship, clinical, or work experience. All externship experiences and volunteer/employment experiences must be approved in advance. Pre-approved paid work, work as a research assistant, or volunteer work count toward the experiential requirement.

  • LAW 482: Advising Not-for-Profit Organizations (Simulation) (4 credits)
  • LAW 825: Business Law Clinic I (3/4 credits)
  • LAW 480: Business Planning (3 or 4 credits)
  • LAW 483: Tax Law Clinic I (4 credits)
  • Externship (2/3 credits)

Elective Courses

You must select one elective course:

  • LAW 417: Advanced Business Transactions and Negotiations (3 credits)
  • LAW 386: Advanced Corporate Tax (3 credits)
  • LAW 293: Advanced Writing for Legal Practice: Business Practice (2 credits)
  • LAW 375: Antitrust (3 credits)
  • LAW 233: Bankruptcy (3 credits)
  • LAW 826: Business Law Clinic II (2/3 credits)
  • LAW 405: Business Practice Transactional Skills (Simulation) (3 credits)
  • LAW 839: Corporate Compliance (2 credits)
  • LAW 498: Corporate Governance Law and Practice (2 credits)
  • LAW 711: Corporate Transactions in Health Care (2/3 credits)
  • LAW 254: Consumer Law (2 credits)
  • LAW 431: Documenting and Negotiating Finance Transactions
  • LAW 349: Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • LAW 483: Federal Tax Clinic I (4 credits)
  • LAW 486: Federal Tax Clinic II (2 credits)
  • LAW 798: Health Care Compliance (2 credits)
  • LAW 741: Health Law Business and Finance (3 credits)
  • LAW 377: Intellectual Property (3 credits)
  • LAW 371: International Business Transactions (3 credits)
  • LAW 282: Law and Accounting (2 credits)
  • LAW 155: Law and the Subprime Debacle (2 credits)
  • LAW 164: Mergers and Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • LAW 449: Negotiations (3 credits)
  • LAW 524: Sales (3 credits)
  • LAW 231: Secured Transactions (3 credits)
  • LAW 116: Securities Fraud (2 credits)
  • LAW 472: Securitization (formerly Structured Finance)(2 credits)
  • LAW 130: Transactional Skills Seminar (2 credits)

Learning Outcomes

Each student graduating with the Certificate in Transactional Law must demonstrate:

  1. competence in the business and transactional law subject areas covered by the following required courses: Business Organizations, Federal Income Tax and Corporate or Partnership Tax;
  2. competence in reading, interpreting, and considering basic financial statements and other basic financial literacy skills in deals as covered by the following required courses: Business Organizations, Federal Income Tax and Business Law Clinic;
  3. competence in securities regulation subject area as covered by the following required course: Securities Regulation;
  4. competence in interviewing, counseling, and communicating with clients, supervising attorneys, and other deal team members in the context of a business deal through the law school’s experiential program (the business law clinic or externship); and
  5. competence in identifying ethical issues in business transactions through Externships and the Business Law Clinic.

Applying for the certificate

At the beginning of your third year, you must complete an application for the Certificate in Transactional Law. You must submit a completed application to the Center for Business Law faculty member for consultation and signature. You must then submit your signed application form to the Law School Registrar's Office. At the end of your third year, the Center for Business Law reviews all of the certificate requirements with the Law- Registrar's office for final approval of the certification requirement completion.

The Center for Business Law

The Transactional Law Certificate is administered by the following faculty members:

Patricia Hureston Lee 
Clinical Professor of Law; Executive Director, Center for Business Law; Director, Business Law Clinic
Suite 1005

Steven Ramirez
Professor of Law; and Director, Center for Business Law
Suite 1005