To be eligible to receive a Certificate, a Certificate candidate must:
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to be eligible for admittance into the Certificate Program;
- Submit one-page application to Program Director by no later than the beginning of the fifth semester;
- Complete a total of sixteen or seventeen-plus hours in the Certificate Program courses listed below; and
- 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.
1L Required Introductory Course (3 hours)
- 116: Legislation & Regulation
2L/3L Required Core Courses and Seminar (11-12 hours)
- 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:
358: Comparative Constitutional Law
381: First Amendment
237: Native American Law
397: Public Health Law
264: Selected Issues in Consumer Law
355: State Constitutional Law
382: U.S. Supreme Court Seminar
The Program Director has the authority to approve other courses not listed for the public law seminar requirement.
Required Practicum Project (2+ hours)
- 476: Law & Government Practicum. Usually satisfied through externship or clinical opportunities approved by the Program Director. Results in a substantial written work product (separate from the research writing requirement).
Research Writing Requirement
Certificate students must satisfy their research writing requirement through a Required Core Course.