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Certificate Program in US Law

California Western offers a Certificate Program in US Law for lawyers, judges, and legal academics and scholars who are available to visit the US for only one semester.

Requirements to qualify for a Certificate in US Law:

  1. One (1) required 2-credit course, Introduction to US Law

  2. Up to ten (10) additional credit hours (for a total of 12 credits maximum) in qualifying elective courses and seminars (based upon availability) which may include a faculty-supervised scholarly writing/independent study project (up to 3 credit hours) with the program director’s permission

General Requirements and Information:

  • Certificate applicants must meet the same general requirements as those applying for the LLM/MCL program (including a minimum TOEFL of 550/213, IBT, IELTS, application, personal statement, law degree, reference letters, financial support verification, transcripts)
  • Students must attend the trimester-long program as full time students (at least 8 credits) in order to be eligible for an F-1 student visa
  • Students in the certificate program will receive a Certificate, not a degree
  • The certificate program is strictly an on-campus program
  • Certificate students may attend either the fall trimester or the spring trimester (not summer)
  • Certificate students will be graded on the same scale (and with the same rigorous standards) as those students in the LLM/MCL program