Certificate in Constitutional Law

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The Constitutional Law Certificate offers the opportunity to focus your advanced studies in law school in the area of constitutional law and/or civil rights. The Con Law Certificate may be of interest to those students who would like to concentrate their intellectual study in the complexities of constitutional law and its broad topics of governmental power and individual rights. The Certificate may also appeal to those interested in a career in civil rights litigation, social justice work, governmental representation, or criminal law, among others. The study of constitutional law delves into the subjects of daily front-page news--from social justice and inequality to questions of individual privacy, judicial power, freedom of religion, election law, legal history, race, and gender, and more.

The Con Law Certificate and associated classes are enhanced by the expertise of the faculty working under the umbrella of the Center for Constitutional Law at Akron. The Center is one of only a few national constitutional resource centers established by Congress for the study of constitutional law. This expertise provides Akron Law students with a unique opportunity, in addition to the fact that this type of certificate in con law or civil rights is offered by only five or so law schools nationwide. For questions on the Con Law Certificate, contact the director of the program, Professor Tracy Thomas at thomast@uakron.edu.

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Certificate in Health Law

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The remarkable growth and transformation of the healthcare industry translates into a growing number of jobs for lawyers.

At the same time, meeting the challenge of educating today's practice-ready health lawyers is a new and unique enterprise. Navigating complex health law issues increasingly requires a sophisticated understanding of the confluence of science, technology and social science, something not usually taught in a more traditional, finite health law program.

Recognizing these new dynamics, UA's Health Law Certificate Program takes a 'boots on the ground' approach, providing skills training and externships to meet the one to two year experience prerequisite to employment. This skills training and externship experience will allow graduates to hit the ground running in their first years of practice in multiple areas, such as regulatory compliance and risk management, while encouraging continuous reflection on the relationship between law, science and technology.

To complete the certificate, students must complete a core set of four health law courses and a semester-long externship.

Students have an opportunity at Akron Law that few law schools offer of completing both the Health Law Certificate and a Litigation Certificate—or both a Health Law Certificate and a Certificate in IP. There is a significant amount of overlap among these three fields, and combining certificate programs allows our graduates to enter the legal profession with a highly relevant and marketable skill set.

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Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

The certificate program is open to all JD students. To enter the program a student must take the Fundamentals of Intellectual Property course at the first available time in the student's schedule (usually first semester of 2nd year for full-time/3rd year for part-time). A student may be admitted provisionally to a certificate program pending meeting this prerequisite. A student must meet with the IP Center Director for course planning, and obtain signatures approving the application toward admission into the Certificate program.

A student must submit the certificate application before the beginning of the third semester of classes for full-time students, or the fifth semester of classes for part-time students, unless otherwise approved by the IP Center Director. All students admitted into the program shall work closely with his or her IP faculty advisor to tailor a program of study suitable to meet his or her goals. To earn the certificate, each student must:

  1. Complete the Fundamentals of Intellectual Property course.
  2. Complete at least one of the three core IP courses: Patent Law and Policy, Copyright Law, or Trademark Law.
  3. Complete a minimum of 9 additional credit hours in courses designated as part of the intellectual property law curriculum or approved by the student’s IP faculty advisor, including at least one credit related to international intellectual property.
  4. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 for the 15 credits of coursework taken to earn the certificate.

Certificate in Litigation

The certificate program is open to all students. A student wishing to earn the certificate must seek and obtain approval from a member of the litigation faculty to participate in the certificate program. (These members of the faculty will be drawn from faculty teaching in the core areas of litigation who indicate their willingness to serve in this capacity.) Students are advised to seek approval as early as possible in their law school career, but no later than two semesters before they intend to graduate. All students approved to participate in the program will be assigned a faculty advisor from the litigation faculty. The student shall work closely with his or her advisor to tailor a program of study suitable to meet his or her goals. To earn the certificate, the student must:

  1. Earn at least a 2.5 GPA in Civil Procedure I & II and Evidence.
  2. Complete Trial Advocacy I.
  3. Complete a minimum of 9 credits in designated litigation courses, which would currently include: Trial Advocacy I, Trial Advocacy II, Pretrial Advocacy, Seminar: Criminal Process, Expert Evidence, Clinical Seminar I, Clinical Seminar II, Advocacy Teams, ADR, Mediation Skills, Negotiation. Other courses could be approved by the student’s litigation faculty advisor when appropriate.
  4. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.1 in Civil Procedure I & II, Evidence and all courses taken toward the certificate.