Law Certificate in Business Entrepreneurship

OU Law has a strong presence in the areas of business, commercial and intellectual property law.

The Law Certificate in Business Entrepreneurship enhances a JD student’s law school experience through a unique blend of substantive legal knowledge, practical application, and exposure to the field in a dynamic inter-disciplinary learning environment. The benefits of this certificate reach the people of the state of Oklahoma and beyond by educating lawyers to serve tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.


To earn the certificate, students must take one of the following courses:

• Agency and Partnership
• Corporations

In addition, students must select any three of the following from the Business/Commercial Law curriculum:

• Agency and Partnership
• Copyright
• Corporations
• Corporate Finance
• Corporate Income Tax
• Federal Securities Regulation
• Intellectual Property
• International Petroleum Transactions
• International Business Transactions
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Patents
• Payment Systems
• Secured Transactions
• Trademarks

To provide added value to the JD experience, participating students also must complete two existing non-law business related courses approved by the College’s Advanced Degree and Certificate Programs Committee.

Writing Requirement

Under the direction of a professor, either in a designated course or through independent directed study, the student must also complete one major practice-oriented writing project in a topic related to commerce, business, finance law, intellectual property, or securities. This can serve as the graduation writing requirement.


OU Law students pursuing a JD are eligible to participate in this program.

To earn the certificate a student will be required to maintain a B- (7.0 on a 12.0 scale) average in  law classes that count toward the certificate.  In addition to the completion of the JD program, the student must demonstrate that he or she has satisfactorily completed the non-law course requirement with a grade of “B” or better in each of the two non-law classes.


Key faculty members include (links open in new windows):

Sarah Burstein
Steve Cleveland
Steve Knippenberg
Brian McCall
Sri Ragavan
Megan Shaner


  • Office of Student Services and Admissions
    (405) 325-4728