Business Organizations Law Certificate Program
Director: Prof. Lawrence Hamermesh

The Business Organizations Law Certificate emphasizes specialized training in law governing publicly traded business enterprises. Students who complete course requirements gain legal knowledge that is a predicate to advanced practice in corporate law.

Requirements for Certification
Students must submit an application to the Registrar’s Office by no later than the drop/add period of their final semester. To be awarded a Business Organizations Law Certificate, a student must have an overall cumulative average of 2.8 and a 2.8 cumulative average in all concentration courses.

Required Courses
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Principles
  • Securities Regulation
Note: In registering for courses, please consider when these courses will be available. In particular, it is likely that Securities Regulation will be offered only one semester per year. It cannot be assumed that any of these requirements will be waived simply because the course is not being taught during the student’s last semester.

Elective Courses
Students must complete at least two (2) courses from the list below, or as approved by the Director:
  • Corporate and Business Law Masters Class
  • International Business Transactions
  • Business Planning
  • Mutual Funds
  • ERISA, Pension & Deferred Compensation
  • Seminar: Advanced Corporations
  • Seminar: Intellectual Property and Business Associations
  • Corporate Bankruptcy
  • Taxation of Business Entities
Writing Requirement
All students seeking a Business Organizations Law Certificate must complete a scholarly paper on a subject involving business organizations law. The paper may be submitted in satisfaction of the requirements for membership on The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, as directed research performed with a full-time member of the faculty of the Widener Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, or as part of a business law seminar.


Contact Information

Director: Professor Lawrence A. Hamermesh
Phone: 302-477-2132
Email: lahamermesh@widener.edu