Certificates in Journalism for Law Students

The School of Journalism's certificate program in journalism permits law students to learn journalism skills and receive a credential that is designed to help further their professional career objectives.

Two certificates are available. The Certificate in Legal Affairs Journalism is for law students who want to go into legal affairs journalism and legal publishing rather than into traditional law practice. The Certificate in Strategic Communications is for law students who want to practice as lobbyists or in corporate, administrative, larger law firms, or other areas in which the strategic management of communications is particularly important.

Both certificates require law students to take at least 12 credit hours of elective credit at the School of Journalism. Under the program, the law school will accept up to six of the 12 hours taken at the School of Journalism for credit toward the J.D. or LL.M. degree at the law school (if the student has not already used this allocation by taking other non-law school courses). Students will need to take the other six hours as extra courses because they want the certificate. Students must have a AB@ average across Journalism courses to be awarded the JSchool certificate.

School of Journalism Courses

The following schedules list the J-School courses law students may take to earn the certificate. Actual course offering and availability varies by semester, and enrollment is subject to professor approval.

Certificate in Legal Affairs Journalism Certificate in Strategic Comms.
  1. Required Courses (6 credit hours)
    • 0900 News Practicum (3) B No CR
      or 7300 Princ. of Strategic Comm (3)
      or 7300 Broadcast News 1 (3)
    • 7450 Reporting (3) }or
    • 7300 Broadcast News I (3) * }
    • 7718 Law & the Courts (3)
  2. Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
    • 7000 Communications Law (3)
    • 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting
    • 7436 Investigative Reporting (3)
    • 7256 Public Relations (3)
    • 7438 Business & Econ. Writing (3)
    • 7420 Editorial Writing (3)
    • 7306 Broadcast News II (3) @
    • 7408 Magazine Editing (3)
    • 7410 Interm. Mag Writing (3)
    • 7720 Internet Law (3)
    • 7730 Journalism & Conflict (3) #
    • 7728 Confronting Controls of Information (3)
  1. Required Courses (6 credit hours)
    • 8010 Strategic Comm. Research II (3)
    • 8020 Principles of Strategic Comms. Planning (3)
  2. Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
    • 7000 Communications Law (3)
    • 7206 Strategic Writing (3)
    • 7248 Media Strategy/Planning (3)
    • 7250 Strategic Comms. Mgt. (3)
    • 7256 Public Relations (3)
    • 8018 Research in Strat Com II (3)
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* not available if student has taken 0900 (Practicum)
@ not available if student has taken 7450 (Reporting)
# not available if student has taken 5810 (Negotiation) or 5450 (Conflict Theory)