Law and Business (Advanced Certificate)

Program Description

The Advanced Certificate in Law & Business (ACLB) provides law students with tools necessary to understand the finance and accounting that underlie the transactions and business structures that lawyers design. The program is uniquely designed for future business lawyers. It permits students to receive graduate level business school training in conjunction with their legal education and to earn an Advanced Certificate from the NYU Stern School of Business.

The program gives an accessible academic dimension to corporate law studies. Furthermore, among its advantages, the graduate business school curriculum covers basic techniques and practices of business without requiring students to dedicate the extended time to earn an MBA degree.

The Leonard N. Stern School of Business is a leading US graduate business school. The Finance Department, which is especially involved in the certificate program, is consistently recognized as one of the leading centers for teaching and research in finance, banking, investments, and related fields.

The ACLB Program requires the successful completion of 15 credit hours of graduate business study, nine of which are taken in a summer session in the Stern School. The summer term is dedicated to foundational courses which will prepare law students for business law courses taken in the fall (such as corporations or securities regulation) as well as more advanced topics. During the remaining part of their academic program in the Law School, ACLB students will take six (6) additional credit hours of courses in the Stern School, cross-listed with the Stern School or, with permission, Law School courses that focus on business or finance. Thus, in total, ACLB students will take 15 credit hours of academic work before they are awarded the certificate.

Note: The program is designed for admitted NYU Law students. The summer portion of this program has been extended to lawyers, subject to an admissions review. In lieu of the certificate, lawyers not enrolled at NYU Law School receive a transcript from the NYU Stern School of Business indicating the three core business courses completed.


The certificate program is open to admitted JD and LLM students at the NYU School of Law.  These students need only submit the enrollment forms to register.

Practicing lawyers may participate in the summer portion of the certificate only.  Additional documentation and an admission review is required for practicing lawyers as not every applicant meets the admission standards.  Please contact Anat Carmy-Wiechman for additional direction at

We reserve the right to close admission to the program should we reach a capacity constraint. Thus, we encourage interested students to indicate their interest in the program as soon as possible. Upon enrollment, we require a deposit of US $250. Registration forms and deposits must be received to hold your place in the class. The deposit will count towards your tuition.