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.|
* 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)