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Prepared to represent companies of the future

Brooklyn Law School's CUBE Center offers a Certificate for students interested in exploring legal issues surrounding entrepreneurship and preparing to represent new ventures for start-ups and growing commercial and not-for-profit companies. To earn the Certificate, students must satisfactorily complete at least eight total courses as follows:

  1. Five “Foundation” courses
  2. Two “Skills / Practice-Based” courses
  3. One “Advanced – General / Business Formation and Growth” course

The Skills/Practice-Based and Advanced courses are organized below in terms of industries, sectors, or legal subjects. It is not necessary, however, for both courses to fall within a specific grouping.

Of the Advanced Courses, one General/Business course is required. However, the specific subject areas under Advanced Courses are included for gaining expertise in areas of your choice. This curriculum recognizes that the needs of businesses vary (particularly for new ventures), and that many combinations of courses might prove useful to a student.

Foundation Courses

Five Courses Required

Law of Entrepreneurship1 (BOL-240)
Business Boot Camp (BOL-205)
Agency, Partnership – LLCs (BOL-210) or Unincorporated Business
Organizations (BOL-211)
Corporations (BOL-200)
Plus one of the following: Accounting for Lawyers (BOL-230), Corporate Taxation
(TAX-340), or Partnership Taxation (TAX-360)

Skills and Practice-Based Courses

Two Courses Required*

Internship
Urban Economic Development Clinic (CLN-234)

Externships**
Civil Practice Externship (CLN-200 in pertinent placement)
Transactional Law/Community Development Externship (CLN-229 in pertinent placement)

General / Business Formation & Growth
Alternative Dispute Resolution (CPL-210)
Commercial Arbitration (CTL-310)
Fundamentals of Legal Drafting (LWR-230)
Interviewing and Counseling (CPL-315)
Transactional Skills for Start-Ups: Doing the Deal (BOL-351)
Negotiation (CPL-215)
Solo Practice Workshop (CPL-235)

Media and Creative Arts
Entertainment Law Workshop (IPL-301)

Real Estate
Community Development Clinic (CLN-327)
Corporate Real Estate Clinic (CLN-206)
Real Estate Practice Workshop: Getting the Deal Done (PTE-325)

Technology & Energy
BLIP Clinic (CLN-314)
Litigating an IP Case (IPL-260)
Litigating a Patent Case (IPL-261)
Trade Secrets Workshop (IPL-445)

*A two-semester clinic will satisfy the requirement of two practice-based courses.

**Placements in businesses and nonprofit organizations may provide relevant externship experience. Approval for an externship to qualify as a skills and practice-based course must be obtained based on the specific placement.

Advanced Courses

General / Business Formation and Growth (One Course Required)*
Advanced Topics in Commercial Law (CTL-320)
Commercial Paper (CTL 225) or Payment Systems (CTL-226)
Corporate Finance (BOL-301)
Debtors’ and Creditors’ Rights (CTL-200)
Insurance Law (RLP-240)
Law of Nonprofit Organizations (BOL-225)
Secured Transactions (CTL-210)

Media and Creative Arts
Art Law Seminar (IPL-475)
Copyright (IPL-200)
Entertainment Law (IPL-300)
Fashion Law Seminar (IPL-319)
First Amendment Law (CLT-200)
Media Law & Policy Seminar (IPL-425)
Telecommunications Law (RLP-290)
Trademark and Unfair Competition (IPL-215)

Real Estate
Commercial Leasing (PTE-260)
Construction Law (PTE-241)
Land Use Controls (PTE-220)
Legal Issues Affecting Sustainable Buildings (PTE-280)
Law of Condos, Co-ops, and Homeowners Associations (PTE-245)
Property Law Colloquium (PTE-330)
Real Estate Finance (PTE-230)
Real Estate Development and Finance (PTE-245)
Real Estate Practice (PTE-240)
Taxation of Real Estate Transactions (TAX-315)
Select courses via Open Door Program at Hunter and Pratt

Technology and Energy
Energy, Policy and Sustainability (RLP-331)
Environmental Law (RLP-230)
Privacy Law In A Digital World (IPL-230)
Internet Law (IPL-220)
Legal Issues Affecting Sustainable Buildings (PTE-280)
Patent Law (IPL-210)
Patent Prosecution (IPL-310)

*Any Foundation course not already used to meet the Foundation requirement