Graduate Certificate Programs

Students may earn a maximum of two graduate certificates. Only core courses may be counted toward both certificates. Students must inform the advisors of both certificates of their intent to seek two certificates.

Criminal Law Graduate Certificate

Students may pursue a Certificate in Criminal Law by completing a minimum of 20 credits in Criminal Law courses, including three core classes, as well as completing upper level electives and a capstone course, while maintaining a 3.2 GPA* in the courses applied to the Certificate.

Required Core Courses – Must take all of the following:

Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (3 cr.)
Criminal Procedure: Investigation (3 cr.)
Evidence (4 cr.)

Upper Level Courses – Must take at least two of the following:

Criminal Sentencing (2 cr.)
Representing the Government (2 cr.)
Neuroscience and the Law (2 cr.)
Juvenile Justice (2 cr.)
Law and Forensic Science (2 cr.)
Law of the Death Penalty (3 cr.)
State Constitutional Law (2 cr.)
White Collar Crime (2-3 cr.)
Psychiatry and the Law (2 cr.)
Seminar in Cybercrime (2 cr.)
Appellate Practice (2 cr.)
International Criminal Law (2-3 cr.)

Research or Experiential Capstone – Must take at least one of the following:

Externship (2 cr.) [Prosecution or Criminal Defense]
Supervised Research (variable cr.) [criminal law/criminal procedure/criminal evidence topic] [with topic approval of Criminal Law faculty]
National Moot Court Competition [criminal law/criminal procedure/criminal evidence topic] (1 cr.)
Law Review Note (1 cr.) [criminal law/criminal procedure/criminal evidence topic] [with topic approval of Criminal Law faculty]
Law and State Government Placement (2 cr.) [w/ criminal law agency] [with topic approval of Criminal Law faculty]
State Appellate or State Trial Court Externship [with substantial criminal/criminal procedure/criminal evidence content]
Criminal Defense Clinic (3-4 cr.)
Criminal Procedure Advocacy Skills (1 cr.)
Wrongful Conviction Clinic (2-3 cr.)
Advanced Course-related Experience (1-2 cr.)[criminal law-related]
Appellate Clinic (2 cr.)

*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her Criminal Law GPA.

Environmental and Natural Resources Law Graduate Certificate

A Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law will be awarded to enrolled JD candidates who complete at least 6 approved courses totaling at least 15 credit hours in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and closely-related subjects while maintaining a 3.2 cumulative GPA in all required core and upper level courses applied toward the Certificate. The 6 approved courses include three required core courses (Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Administrative Law), at least two upper level courses from the list below, and one capstone writing, practical, or skills course.

Required Core Courses:

Environmental Law (3 cr.)
Natural Resources Law (3 cr.)
Administrative Law (3-4 cr.)

Upper Level Courses (Must take at least two of the following):

Agricultural Law and the Environment (2 cr.)
Animals and the Law (2 cr.)
Energy Law Policy (2 cr.)
Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (2 cr.)
Environmental Justice (3 cr.)
International Environmental Law (3 cr.)
Land Use (2 or 3 cr.)
Law of Hazardous Waste Regulation (2 cr.)
Public Utilities Regulation Seminar (2 cr.)
Toxic Tort and Environmental Law (2 or 3 cr.)
Water Law (2 of 3 cr.)
Special Topics in Environmental Law (2 cr.)

Capstone (Must take at least one writing or experiential courses with an environmental or natural resource topic. Topic must be approved by ENR faculty to qualify for Concentration):

(AFR) Advanced Field Research (1-3 cr.)
ACrE (Advanced Course Related Experience) (1-2 cr.)
Environmental Advocacy Externship (1-2 cr.)
Supervised Research in Environmental Law (1-2 cr.)
National Environmental Moot Court (1 cr.)
Law Review Note (1 cr.)
Law and State Gov’ernment Externship Placement [w/ environmental or natural resource agency] (2 cr.)
Civil Practice Clinic [environmental matters] (2 cr.)


*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her ENR Law GPA.

More info available at the Program Site

Health Law Graduate Certificate

The Hall Center’s Graduate Certificate in Health Law provides an opportunity for JD students to specialize in the health law and policy curriculum. A Graduate Certificate will be awarded to enrolled JD candidates who complete at least 6 approved courses totaling at least 15 credit hours in health law courses (2 required core courses, 2 advanced health law courses, 1 elective health law course) and complete a capstone writing, practical, or skills course. Students must also maintain a 3.2 GPA in the Health Law, research or experiential capstone courses applied toward the Certificate .

Required Core Courses:

Administrative Law
Introduction to Health Care Law & Policy

Advanced Health Law Courses (2 required):

Business and Legal Aspects of Health Care Organizations
Bioethics and Law
Health Care Quality & Safety
Law and Public Health

Elective Health Law Courses (1 required):

AIDS: Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues
Antitrust and the Health Care Industry
Corporate Compliance Overview
Drug Innovation & Competition Law
Elder Law
ERISA Retirement Plans: Formation and Structure
Food and Drug Law
Food Law & Policy
Health Care Fraud and Abuse Regulation
Health Care Quality and Safety
Health Care Reimbursement
Insurance Law
Intellectual Property of Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices
Issues in Death and Dying
Law of Medical Malpractice
Life Sciences Compliance Law
New Genetics: Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues
Neuroscience and the Law
Psychiatry and the Law
Seminar in Law and Medicine
Social Regulation of the Body and Its Processes

Experiential or Research Capstone Courses (1 required)*:

Health Law Externship
Health Law Research Paper submitted in satisfaction of a seminar or other writing requirement
Indiana Health Law Review (note or comment)
Participation in External Health Moot or Transactional Competition**

*Note: Any paper, note or comment submitted to satisfy the Experiential or Research Capstone must be submitted to and approved by a Hall Center co-Director.

**Note: Additional prior approval required from a Hall Center co-Director. Credit from a course (e.g., a seminar, law review, or an externship) that otherwise satisfies the Capstone requirement MAY count towards the total credit hours required for the Certificate up to a maximum of two hours credit.


*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her Health Law GPA.

More info available at the Program Site

Intellectual Property Law Graduate Certificate

Students may pursue a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law by completing a minimum of 15 credits in IP courses, including three core classes, as well as completing an IP research paper, and maintaining a 3.2 GPA* in the IP courses applied to the concentration. (see lists below).

Required Core Courses:

Intellectual Property Law (not required only if a student completes separate courses in Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law)
Copyright Law or Patent Law or Trademark Law
A third course from above, or Patent Prosecution or Patent Litigation or IP Transactions and Licensing or Right of Publicity or Internet Law.

Elective Courses:

Administrative Law
Antitrust Law
Art and Museum Law
Biotechnology and Law
Copyright Law
Drug Innovation and Competition Law
Entertainment Law
Food and Drug Law
Intellectual Property of Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices
Intellectual Property Transactions and Licensing
International Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Litigation
Intellectual Property Valuation
Internet Law
Law and Technology Seminar
New Genetics: Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues
Patent Law
Patent Litigation
Patent Prosecution
Right of Publicity
Sports Law: Individual, Amateur and Olympic Sports
Sports and Entertainment Law
Trademark Law
Unfair Trade Practices

Writing Requirement:

All candidates must complete a major research paper on an intellectual property law topic. Students may meet the writing requirement in one of three ways: 1) completion of a law review note that is approved by an IP core faculty member on an intellectual property law topic for one of the law school’s student-run journals; 2) completion of a paper approved by an IP core faculty member written for any of the approved elective courses listed above; 3) completion of a paper for any class or independent study if the student obtains the prior written approval of the Director of the IP Center.


*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her IP Law GPA.

More info available at the Program Site

International and Comparative Law Graduate Certificate

The International and Comparative Law Certificate will be awarded to students who complete a minimum of 15 credits in International and Comparative Law courses, including two of three core classes, as well as completing upper level electives from both the international and comparative law baskets, and an International and Comparative Law capstone course (a writing, practical, cultural immersion, or skills course) while maintaining a 3.2 GPA* in the International and Comparative Law courses applied to the Concentration.

Required Core Courses – Must take at least two of the following

International Law (3 cr.)
Comparative Law (3 cr.)
International Business Transactions (3)

Upper Level Courses – Must take at least three of the following, including at least one from each of the International Law and Comparative Law baskets:

International Law Basket:
International Criminal Law (3 cr.)
International Human Rights Law (3 cr.)
International Commercial Arbitration (2 cr.)
International Legal Transactions (2 cr.)
International Environmental Law (3 cr.)
International Trade Law (2 cr.)
WTO Law (3 cr.)
International Intellectual Property Law (2-3 cr.)
Seminar in Illicit International Markets (2 cr.)
International Tax (3 cr.)

Comparative Law Basket:
International and Comparative Family Law (2 cr.)
European Union: Foundations (3 cr.)
European Union: Doing Business (3 cr.)
Japanese Law (2 cr.)
Law and Society of China (2-3 cr.)
Seminar in Comparative National Security Law (2cr.)
China Study Abroad (2-5 cr.)**

Experiential Courses - Writing, Practical, Cultural Immersion, or Skills – Must take at least one of the following:

International Human Rights Law Internship (4 cr.)
China Study Abroad (2-5 cr.)
ACrE (Advanced Course Related Experience) (variable cr.) [international and comparative law topic]
Advanced Field Research (2-4 cr.)
Center for Victim and Human Rights Externship (2 cr.)
Eli Lilly and Company In-House Tax Counsel Externship (2 cr.)
Supervised Research in International and Comparative Law (variable cr.)
Health and Human Rights Clinic (3-4 cr.)
Immigration Clinic (2-3 cr.) (only with Immigration Clinic Supervisor certification of substantial international and/or comparative law research as part of the students clinic experience)
Jessup Moot Court Competition (1 cr.)
European Union Moot Court Law (2 cr.)
Willem C. Vis in International Commercial Law and Arbitration (2 cr.)
Law Review Note [international and comparative law topic] (2 cr.)
International and Comparative Law Review note (2 cr.)
Global Crisis Leadership Forum


*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her IC&L Law GPA.

**This course can only be counted either under the Comparative Law Basket or as an Experiential CourseCultural Immersion.

More info available at the Program Site