The Department of Legal Studies offers five professional undergraduate certificates and one graduate certificate for those seeking to gain or update their skills in particular areas of study.
Are you pursuing a career that involves people? Getting a certificate in conflict resolution and analysis will give you the tools required to understand what causes conflict and how to respond. This certificate is especially important if you are considering a career in law, government, human resources, law enforcement, education, social work, corrections or any people-facing career.
In partnership with the Department of Political Science, the Individual Liberties Certificate provides students with an understanding of the substantive and procedural aspects of criminal law. Students gain in-depth knowledge of individual liberties and rights as they relate to citizen-government relations. This certificate is appropriate for students planning to attend law school or seek employment in a law office, the public sector or a criminal justice agency. This certificate is available only for students admitted Summer 2019 and after.
Litigation and Advocacy
In partnership with the Nicholson School of Communication and Media, the Litigation and Advocacy Certificate provides students with a practical understanding of legal advocacy. Students also gain public speaking skills that are equally relevant in the courtroom and workplace. Students will be better versed in critical thinking argumentation and the relationships between legal and social advocacy. The knowledge and skills developed from gathering evidence, developing arguments and understanding diverse populations will help students become better prepared as communication professionals or potential law students. This certificate is available only for students admitted Summer 2018 and after.
The undergraduate Certificate in Litigation and Advocacy may be completed fully online; however, not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online.
Spanish for the Legal World
This certificate is offered through the College of Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The Spanish for the Legal World Certificate prepares students expand their knowledge across different areas of Spanish while also bridging this language with key concepts of the legal world.
Technology and Law
The goal of the Technology and the Law Certificate is to provide students with an opportunity to study the intersection of law and technology. The certificate is designed for students who are interested in both the law and technology and it affords students to approach the material from either a law-centric or technology side.
Urban Real Estate and Development
The Urban Real Estate and Development certificate is a partnership between the Department of Legal Studies, the College of Business and the School of Public Administration. Students will receive an interdisciplinary education on real estate, development and law in an urban setting. This certificate will enhance students’ ability to understand the law, finance and societal aspirations in urban developments. Students interested in business, law, real estate, banking, government or working in private firms should consider applying. This certificate is available only for students admitted Summer 2019 and after.
Conflict Resolution and Analysis
Conflict is an essential element of change and growth within an organization. Grow your conflict resolution skills to lead constructive change and sustainable growth within your organization.
No matter what field of employment you are in or seek to enter, this conflict resolution certificate will set you apart. Conflict is a given. Being able to recognize and successfully navigate conflict is not. This certificate offers focused coursework and experiential learning opportunities that provide students and professionals the tools they need to thrive as members of society and organizations. The coursework centers on an array of conflict resolution theories and analysis in society and organizations. Additionally, students are able to "learn by doing" through extensive role plays, a practicum course, and the ability to compete in dispute resolution tournaments.
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