Law School Certificate Programs

The Law School offers two interdisciplinary certificate programs that provide an opportunity for concentrated study, but do not involve an additional degree.

Certificate in Health Advocacy

To obtain a Certificate in Health Advocacy, a law student must complete a minimum of 12 credits including:

  1. Elective course in: law, regulations, ethics, health economics, policy, management or public health (min. 3 credits)
  2. Law 768: Health Justice Clinical (6 credits)
  3. Law 940: From Patient to Policy: Models of System Change (3 credits)


Students wishing to pursue the certificate must apply to the Center for Patient Partnerships, which administers this certificate.


The Center for Patient Partnerships will notify the university registrar when a student completes the program, so that the student's transcript can be annotated.  Students will also receive a paper certificate from the Center.

For more information about applications and qualifying courses, visit the Center for Patient Partnerships - Education Information or contact Professor Sarah Davis.

Certificate in Russian Area Studies

Law Students may qualify for the Certificate in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies administered by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia by complying with the requirements established under that program.

Law students, with the written consent of the Law School, may take up to 10 credits in non-law courses for credit toward their law degree in connection with seeking a certificate in Russian Area Studies provided:

  1. Courses are part of the Certificate in Russian Area Studies program;
  2. Courses are approved by the Law School as reasonably related to the legal education of a student; and
  3. No other non-law school credits will count as credits for the JD degree (see rule 3.08).

For more information, contact Professor Kathie Hendley.

The UW Law School also offers dual degree opportunities in conjunction with master's and doctoral programs on campus.

Campus-wide Certificate Programs

Graduate students in degree programs (including Law students) from any school on campus are invited to consider the following Certificates.

Note: Eligible Law courses for each of the following are listed at the "Required Coursework" tab of each associated page.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Provide entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to graduate students. Especially relevant for students who hope to work with or become entrepreneurs at graduation or in the future or participate in policies of entrepreneurship.

Learn more about the Certificate in Entreprenuership »

Certificate in Strategic Innovation

Provide knowledge and skills regarding innovation for students who plan to work in existing organizations at graduation or participate in policy issues related to innovation.

Learn more about the Certificate in Strategic Innovation »

Certificate in Business, Environment & Social Responsibility (BESR)

Provide students knowledge and skills to analyze and leverage the interrelations between business and its natural and social environment.

Learn more about the Certificate in BESR »

Curricular Concentrations

The UW Law School faculty has established Curricular Concentrations in several areas of studies. These are not technically "Certificate Programs," but qualifying students are nevertheless given a document reflecting the curricular achievement.

Learn more about each Curricular Concentration and the corresponding requirements:

For general recommendations in other areas of practice, view the Specialize Curriculum section of the J.D. Curriculum.

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