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Certificates of Achievement

 

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You’re looking for more than just a JD. At ONU Law, we work with you to find your interests and personalize your education. Certificate tracks let you tailor your experience at ONU Law and develop a legal education that’s based on your interests.
To achieve such recognition, a student must take a designated core course in the field plus additional courses from among a list of electives. The credit hours earned in the core course and the electives must total at least 15 credits. Students who achieve a cumulative 3.0 grade point average for the courses in such a concentration will receive a certificate following their graduation that recognizes their achievement. A student must apply for a certificate of achievement.

Complete Certificate Track Committment Form.
 

OPTIONAL CERTIFICATE TRACKS

To successfully complete the requirements of all Certificates except Tax, students must demonstrate substantial engagement with a relevant committee or section of a state bar association or the American Bar Association for at least one year. Such involvement may include subcommittee membership and leadership, writing articles for newsletters, attendance and participation at a committee or section meeting, and participation in subcommittee conference calls. If possible, bar engagement should include opportunities to network in-person with members of the bar.  The committee or section should be substantively related to the subject matter of the Certificate.

The certificate tracks with the designated core courses and electives are:

 

Certificate in Corporate Law

Required course:

  • Business Organizations II

Electives:

  • Antitrust Law
  • Arbitration
  • Business Planning
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Corporate Transactional Clinic
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
  • Taxation: Partnerships and Partners
  • Intellectual Property/Unfair Competition Law
  • Competitiveness and Corruption

Possible Bar Association Membership Options:

  • OSBA Corporate Law Committee
  • OSBA I.P. Law Section
  • OSBA Corp. Counsel Section
  • OSBA Antitrust Section 
  • ABA Business Law Section
  • ABA Antitrust Section

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in Bankruptcy and Commercial Law

Required courses:

  • Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights

One of the following three (the others may be taken as electives):

  • Bankruptcy Clinic – Debtor’s Counsel
  • Bankruptcy Clinic – Chapter 7 Trustee
  • Judicial Externship (Federal Bankruptcy Judge)

Electives:

  • Bankruptcy: Practice & Procedure
  • Commercial Code: Negotiable Instruments (January Term only)
  • Commercial Code: Secured Transactions (January Term only)
  • Commercial Law: Sales and Secured Transactions
  • Commercial Law: Payments
  • Commercial Transactions (Summer only)
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law
  • Federal Income Taxation

Possible Bar Association Membership Options:

  • OSBA Banking, Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Committee
  • ABA Business Law Section (many relevant committees)

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in Criminal Law

Required courses:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Prosecution or Public Defender Clinic

Electives:

  • Criminal Practice: An Introduction
  • Criminal Practice: Advanced
  • Evidence
  • International Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Scientific Evidence & Opinion
  • Terrorism and Criminal Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Advocacy: Advanced

Possible Bar Associate Membership Options:

  • OSBA Criminal Justice Committee
  • ABA Criminal Justice Section

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in International Law

Required course:

  • International Law

Electives:

  • Comparative Administrative Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law
  • International Comparative Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Tax
  • Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies - Public Law
  • Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies - Private Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International and Comparative Law of NGO’s
  • Terrorism and Criminal Law

Possible Bar Association Membership Options: 

  • OSBA International Law Committee
  • ABA Section of International Law

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in Public Law and Policy

Required course:

  • Public Law and the Legal Process
  • Administrative Law

Electives:

  • Climate Change: Science and Law
  • Creating Families: Marriage, Adoption and Non-Traditional Alternatives
  • Federal Courts
  • Legislative Process & Drafting
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Environmental Law & Policy
  • Immigration & Nationality Law
  • Labor Law
  • Municipal Corporations
  • Environmental, Governmental and/or Municipal Government Clinic
  • Comparative Administrative Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Competitveness and Corruption

Possible Bar Association Membership Options:

  • OSBA Administrative Law Committee
  • OSBA Environmental Law Committee
  • ABA Administrative Law & Reg. Practice Section
  • ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in Civil Litigation

Required courses:

  • Civil Procedure I & II (or summer course)
  • Trial Advocacy

Electives:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Practice: An Introduction
  • Complex Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Domestic Relations
  • Evaluation and Proof of Personal Injury Damages
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • ONU Legal Clinic
  • Products Liability
  • Remedies
  • Scientific Evidence & Opinion
  • Trial Advocacy: Advanced

Possible Bar Association Membership Options: 

  • OSBA Federal Courts & Practice Committee
  • OSBA Negligence Law Committee
  • OSBA Litigation Section 
  • ABA Litigation Section 
  • ABA Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in Taxation

Required Course:

  • Federal Income Tax

Electives:

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Planning
  • International Taxation
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
  • Taxation of Partnerships & Partners
  • Taxation of Estates, Gifts & Trusts
  • Taxation: Research Methods
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Corporate Transactional Clinic

Possible Bar Association Membership Options: 

  • None

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in Real Property Law

Required Courses:

  • Property I & II
  • Real Estate Finance and Mortgage Law

Electives:

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Estates, Wills, & Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Taxation of Estates, Gifts & Trusts
  • Real Estate Residential Conveyances
  • Oil and Gas Law

Possible Bar Association Membership Options:

  • OSBA Natural Resources Committee
  • OSBA Real Property Law Section 
  • ABA Real Property, Trust, & Estate Section

Certificate Breakdowns

 

Certificate in Small Firm General Practice

Required Courses:

  • Law Office Economics and Management
  • Three credit hours in the Civil, Criminal, Municipal or Transactional Clinic

Electives:

  • Real Estate: Residential Conveyances
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Domestic Relations
  • Juvenile Law
  • Estates, Wills, & Trusts
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Judicial Decision Making

Possible Bar Association Membership Options: 

  • OSBA Family Law Committee
  • ABA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division

Certificate Breakdowns