Program Overview

The Certificate in Transactional Skills (CITS) is a specialized certificate program allowing professionals to advance their skills related to international business law transactions. The certificate is a 12 credit program. Students may complete the requisite credit requirement through completion of coursework from the below-stated selection of courses. There are no required classes, allowing students to tailor the certificate to their interests.

XB 814, US & Trans-Border Securities Regulation (3 cr.)

XB 818, U.S. and International Mergers & Acquisitions (3 cr.)

XB 819, International Arbitration (3 cr.)

XB 822, Global Compliance: Introduction and Best Practices (3 cr.)

XB 823, Deals: The Legal Engineering Behind Corporate Transactions (3 cr.)

XB 825, Directed Study in transactional-based subject (1-3 cr.)

XB 828, International Business Negotiation (3 cr.)

XB 000, International Development and Project Finance (3 cr.)

The Certificate is open to lawyers and non-lawyers. Prior work experience is required, but the length of experience may be less than the three-year minimum required for the LLM program. All other Executive LLM application requirements remain in place for certificate applicants. A strong performance in the Certificate Program will be considered for any applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the Executive LLM Program.

For students already matriculated in the ELLM program, they can earn the CITS by completing 3 more credits during the course of their ELLM studies, for a total of 23 credits. The 3 additional credits completed need not be from the CITS basket as long as the Certificate requirements are otherwise fulfilled during the ELLM studies.

Meet Some of the Instructors:

Robert Burdick


Course taught: International Business Negotiation

Areas of expertise: Negotiation, civil litigation, trial advocacy

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John Sullivan

John Sullivan

Course taught: U.S. and International Mergers and Acquisitions

Areas of expertise: Mergers and acquisition, corporate finance, asset acquisition, health care policy

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Sidd Pattanayak


Course taught: Global Compliance: Introduction and Best Practices

Areas of expertise: Corporate law, regulatory compliance, M&A, joint ventures, franchising and licensing, corporate governance

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Tuition and Fees

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