Course Requirements

To be eligible to receive a Certificate, a Certificate candidate must:

  1. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to be eligible for admittance into the Certificate Program;
  2. Complete a minimum of sixteen credits in the Certificate Program courses listed below; and
  3. Receive a cumulative GPA of 2.80 in the Certificate Program courses, including Constitutional Law I and II, all of which mush be taken on a graded basis.*

* Students must have the practical ability to take and complete all courses required for the Law and Government Certificate prior to graduation. If, for any reason, a Certificate candidate is unable to complete all courses prior to graduation, the student shall either opt to graduate on time without the Certificate and/or continue at the College of Law for such additional time as is necessary to complete the Certificate requirements.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence 

  • 116: Legislation & Regulation
  • 216: Statutory Interpretation
  • 255: Administrative Law
  • 304: State & Local Government Law
  • At least one Public Law Seminar (​consult with the Program Director to determine whether a different seminar qualifies)

    Eligible public law seminars include:
    • 231: Civil Rights Litigation
    • 381: First Amendment 
    • 397: Public Health Law
    • 264: Selected Issues in Consumer Law
    • 355: State Constitutional Law
    • 382: U.S. Supreme Court Seminar

Students are also encouraged to take Advanced Legal Research (Law 242).

The Program Director has the authority to approve other courses not listed for the public law seminar requirement.

Required Practicum Project

Students must complete an externship approved by the Program Director.

Research Writing Requirement

Certificate students must satisfy their research writing requirement through a public law seminar listed above or approved in advance by the director.