The entrepreneurial law certificate coordinates Colorado Law's strengths and business-law related assets in the areas of entrepreneurial and technology law, such as the Silicon Flatirons Center, the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Colorado Technology Law Journal. It is awarded to law students who complete coursework reflecting a concentrated study of issues typically faced by transaction-side lawyers, and signals to prospective employers that a student possesses a skill set with applicability across issues of transactional law. 


Certificate requirements include:

  1. at least 92 credit hours (89 is required for the J.D.), and
  2. at least 21 of the 92 credit hours in the area of entrepreneurial law.

This includes at least 3 credit hours in a Business School course and participation in an Experiential Offering relevant to the certificate. Visit the Rules of the Law School webpage for complete details, including a full list or relevant electives to be used to satisfy the 21 credit-hour requirement.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Doctrinal Core Courses
Choose one:
Agency, Partnership, and the LLC
Venture Capital Courses
Choose one:
Venture Capital and Private Equity
Deals: Engineering Financial Transactions
Intellectual Property Courses
Patent Law
Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
Financial Literacy Courses
Corporate Taxation
Income Taxation
LAWS 6117
Accounting Issues for Lawyers
LAWS 7261
Partnership Taxation
Or any CU Leeds School of Business Finance course
Required Skills Courses
Choose two or more of the following to complete 4 credit hours:
Transactional Drafting
LAWS 7061
Legal Negotiation
Advanced Legal Negotiation
Any section of a Deals Lab such as LAWS 6271 or LAWS 7004 or those approved and offered by the Law School
Required Domain Expertise Courses
Choose one graduate-level course at the Leeds School of Business: 1
Entrepreneurial Finance
New Venture Creation
Experiential Offering
Completion of at least one of the following: (i) participation in the New Venture Challenge; (ii) membership in the Deming Center Venture Fund; (iii) participation in the Transactional LawMeet; (iv) participation in the Venture Capital Investment Competition; or (v) another experiential offering as approved by the Program Advisor.
Required Professional Practice Course or Transactional Experience
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
A transactional internship or externship approved by the program advisor.