JD Certificates

The John Marshall Law School's JD certificate programs offer JD candidates the opportunity to develop further competitive distinction at the JD level. All certificates are designed to serve the candidate as a guide for selecting electives in specific areas of study, and to develop the courtroom-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants.

JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

The JD Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution distinguishes JD graduates by honing their practical skills in arbitration, client counseling, mediation, and negotiation. In addition to designated and elective coursework, degree candidates must complete an approved externship in order to earn the certificate.

JD Certificate in Elder Law

The JD Certificate in Elder Law distinguishes JD candidates in the emerging field of elder law by developing the necessary skill set to advocate for the elderly immediately upon passing the bar. In order to earn the certificate, candidates must complete a clinical offering, a required course in document drafting, and required classes that address advanced planning, protecting dignity and mitigating abuse of the elderly, legal issues concerning guardianship, and the federal and state government benefits available to the elderly.

JD Certificate in Health Law

The JD Certificate in Health Law offers JD candidates seeking to practice health law competitive distinction by developing concentrated understanding in the areas of administrative law, health and health fraud law, and medical negligence. In addition to required courses, certificate candidates will distinguish their specialization in a broad range of interdisciplinary areas, including assisted reproductive technology, bioethics and aging, disability law, environmental law, health information privacy, public health emergency law, and others.

JD Certificate in Intellectual Property Law

The JD Certificate in Intellectual Property Law offers JD candidates seeking to practice intellectual property law professional distinction by developing a concentrated understanding in either patent law or general intellectual property law issues. In addition to the required courses, certificate candidates can tailor their course selections to meet their career goals by selecting courses dealing with advanced patent law topics, trademark and copyright law, entertainment and cultural property issues, information technology, and/or international intellectual property rights.

JD Certificate in International Human Rights Law

The JD Certificate in International Human Rights Law offers JD candidates degree distinction in human rights law. In addition to required courses in international law, candidates will select specialized elective courses addressing constitutional law, human rights issues in specific geographic regions, and issues of gender, race, and sexual orientation, as they pertain to human rights.

JD Certificate in Sustainability

The JD Certificate in Sustainability offers degree candidates competitive specialization in the emerging, interdisciplinary area of sustainability and its increasing importance in real estate, environmental, and regulatory legal work. In addition to required courses in energy law, environmental law, local government law, real estate transactions, and sustainability in modern real estate transactions, candidates will tailor their specialization with electives from a broad range of disciplines.

JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy

The JD Certificate in Trial Advocacy provides degree candidates career distinction in litigation by developing practical courtroom-ready skills. In addition to designated coursework, degree candidates seeking the trial advocacy certificate will benefit from completing an approved externship (requiring a 711 license) that hones the candidate's practical courtroom experience.