Certificate in Transactional Skills

PLEASE NOTE: This program is no longer accepting applicants.

The Certificate in Transactional Skills (CITS) is a four-course, 12-credit certificate offered by the Executive LLM Program in International Business Law at the School of Law. The program is open for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer semesters for part-time students. It is a specialized certificate program allowing professionals, lawyers, and non-lawyers to advance their skills related to international business law transactions.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Competent knowledge and understanding of substantive law related to international business law and relevant to transactional practice.
  • Capability in performing legal analysis and reasoning in the areas referred to in the outcome immediately above.
  • The ability to perform legal analysis and reasoning, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context, in particular through contractual analysis to resolve problems posed by clients with differing business concerns and objectives.
  • Through simulations, one or more of the professional skills of negotiation, collaboration, and counseling, in particular through negotiating and analyzing contract terms.


There are no required courses, allowing students to tailor the certificate to their interests. The 12 credits must be taken from the following list of approved Executive LLM courses, all of which are offered in blended or all-online format:

  • Deals: The Legal Engineering behind Corporate Transactions
  • Global Compliance: Introduction and Best Practices
  • International Arbitration
  • International Business Negotiations
  • International Development and Project Finance
  • US and International Mergers & Acquisitions
  • US and Trans-Border Securities Regulation
  • Directed Study (1–3 credits)

All courses for the CITS must be completed with an overall GPA of 2.7 (“B–”), and with a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken.